World Sleep Day: Sleep and Hearing Loss – Are They Linked?

Are hearing issues causing you to lose sleep? Is a lack of sleep causing your hearing loss? Studies show that sleep and hearing issues are linked. To mark World Sleep Day 2023 on Friday 17 March, we explore the correlation between sleep and hearing loss and what can be done to improve your hearing health and sleep.

What is World Sleep Day?

World Sleep Day is an annual, internationally recognised event created and hosted by the World Sleep Society. The event builds connections and raises sleep health awareness among researchers, healthcare workers, patients, and the public.

What does hearing health have to do with World Sleep Day?

Healthy sleeping patterns are linked to hearing health. Either hearing problems cause you to lose sleep or your lack of sleep is causing hearing issues.

A study suggests hearing aid users and those with normal hearing sleep better – and yet those without are more physically and mentally exhausted. Let’s look at the science behind it.

If you’re losing sleep, especially two nights’ worth, your blood vessels will have trouble functioning as they should. Your blood vessels help with circulation. If your circulation is poor, your blood flow slows.

This means that your ears receive less of the essential nutrients they need. A lack of nutrients causes your auditory hair cells, which help you hear, to deteriorate.

Sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnoea have been linked to reduced brain function especially central auditory. Hard of hearing people must work harder to discern between sounds, a skill that requires core auditory processing.

Not getting enough quality sleep can also exacerbate tinnitus symptoms, as well as the despair and worry that can accompany sleep loss.

If hearing problems are the cause of your sleep deprivation, tinnitus is likely to be a problem. According to the JAMA Neurology journal, 749 million people are affected by Tinnitus.

Experiencing the sensation of constant ringing in your ears? Yes, that’s Tinnitus, and it often indicates a more serious underlying health issue. You could be affected by age-related hearing loss, untreated ear damage or even circulatory problems.

It’s for this reason that you should see an audiologist. Don’t ignore the problem. Left untreated, the issue could get worse, you will continue to lose sleep, and this will only make things worse – it’s a vicious circle.

How to remedy sleep and hearing loss

The problems associated with sleep and hearing loss may be remedied by hearing aids. You might be thinking ‘I’m too young for hearing aids’. Equally, you might be totally against the idea of wearing them.

You’re not alone in your thinking. According to Hearing Link, 6.7 million people in the UK could benefit from hearing aids, but only 2 million people use them.

But, if you were to ask any of the 2 million that do wear them whether they sleep better, most would say yes.

A study in Germany found that 59% of hearing aid users were more content with their sleep compared with a 44% satisfaction rate among people who don’t wear hearing aids.

It’s worth pointing out that hearing aids are not a sleep aid. If you suffer with insomnia, hearing aids can’t cure your condition. However, if you’re hearing health is causing your insomnia, wearing hearing aids as part of your daily routine can help to ease conditions like tinnitus that keep you awake at night.

Help with hearing loss

If you think you are experiencing hearing loss, we can help you do something about it. Here’s what our ‘Hear In’ clinics offer:

  • FREE hearing assessments
  • FREE aftercare
  • FREE servicing
  • Hearing aids with 60-day money back guarantee
  • 6-month hearing reviews
  • Up to 5-year warranty for hearing aids

We’re here to listen, evaluate, and recommend solutions to improve your hearing health.

Try our 10-minute online hearing screener, now or book an appointment.

Friday 3 March marks World Hearing Day 2023, an event thrown every year to promote ear & hearing care. Organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Hearing Day pushes a series of key messages, and 2023 is no different. Here’s what’s happening this year and why it matters…

As an independent family owned hearing care company, we actively support World Hearing Day. It’s a key date in our calendar, and we make no apologies when we say that we ride the coattails of this event in our quest to raise awareness of ear and hearing care.

This year, World Hearing Day is pushing several key themes, including:

  • Advocating for the integration of ear and hearing care within primary care
  • Raising awareness in communities about the importance of ear and hearing care to encourage people to seek help if they are experiencing hearing loss.

Why World Hearing Day matters

It’s estimated that 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss, according to the WHO. 80% of those people live in low- and middle-income countries, where access to support is limited.

Hearing loss is challenging for anyone, but arguably even more so for children. Globally, 34  million children have deafness or hearing loss. Many of the causes are preventable. In children, 60% of hearing loss issues can be prevented through public health strategies.

That’s why World Hearing Day matters. It’s an opportunity to encourage governments to integrate ear and hearing care into training programmes for healthcare providers at a primary level.

Plus, it’s a chance to call attention of primary level healthcare providers towards better meeting the needs of people with hearing loss and ear diseases.

Equally, World Hearing Day is used to inform people about the importance of ear and hearing care and how they can find the support they need.

The need to access ear and hearing care services is becoming increasingly crucial, with the number of people experiencing hearing loss expected to rise in the coming decades.

Why? Changing population demographics, increased exposure to factors that damage hearing – for example, recreational noise – and rising cases of untreated ear conditions like otosclerosis are causing hearing health to deteriorate.

World Hearing Day is the largest global awareness campaign around when it comes to ear and hearing care. It’s the call to action healthcare providers and hearing loss sufferers need to deal with hearing issues head on.

Encouraging healthy ear and hearing care practices

As a community-based hearing care company, we heed the call of World Hearing Day to encourage behavioural changes towards hearing loss. We are healthy hearing ambassadors supporting the cause, and we’re on a mission to reduce deafness in the regions we serve.

Our Hear in Hagley, Hear in Wombourne and Hear in Rubery clinics offer free hearing assessments to anyone, making ear care services accessible to everyone. Plus, using our services gives you access to a lifetime of aftercare, meaning that your hearing health is in safe hands for the rest of your life.

We’re committed to making a difference to hearing health. Jo Miller, Managing Director and Audiologist for our Hear in Hagley clinic has opened branches across the West Midlands to make sure that no one has to settle for inadequate hearing care.

Meanwhile, Jo and daughter Sophie Miller – who runs our Hear in Wombourne clinic – along with audiology specialist Chris Cartwright, have personally invested in the hearing care profession by helping to establish the Audiology Academy.

Help us raise awareness

Get involved in World Hearing Day by making use of fantastic campaign materials. Get yours and make a difference to hearing health, today.

If you’re suffering with hearing loss, you’re not alone. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over 1.5 billion people live with hearing issues. The WHO predicts that this could rise to over 2.5 billion by 2050. Why? Because more people are neglecting their hearing health. But choosing a hearing company can help you do something about it. Here are some tips for choosing the right audiologist.

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Definitely. You should wear hearing aids as much as you can during your daily routine. It can sometimes take your brain a few months to adjust to hearing devices. To get the best out of them, you need to wear them regularly. Sure, they take some getting used to. But you got them to help with your hearing, not to sit on the bedside table.

What You Need To Know

  • Hearing aids are designed for regular wear. Use them as part of your daily routine
  • Having said that, don’t wear hearing aids when showering, swimming or an activity that creates excess noise – like drying your hair (unless your aids are designed for this)
  • Remember to charge your hearing aids when you’re not wearing them. They’re no good to you without battery power
  • Hearing aids can last a number of years but typically wearers look to replace their hearing aids at around 4 or 5 years
  • Wearing two hearing aids is better than wearing one

Why Should You Wear Hearing Aids All The Time?

To Improve Your Quality of Life

Stimulating your brain with great hearing can really improve your quality of life. With hearing loss you have to concentrate on everyday conversation, TV etc… significantly more than someone with normal hearing. This can be extremely tiring.

Often, people with hearing loss will turn the TV up to an uncomfortable level for others with little improvement for themselves as volume doesn’t always mean clarity.

The right hearing solution can make things sharper and clearer without the need for more volume and keep the neighbours happy.

Prevent Other Illnesses

There are a lot of studies and content circulating about hearing loss and its association with other illnesses, the most concerning of which is cognitive decline.

According to an Oxford University study in 2021, those people with hearing loss are more likely to develop cognitive decline (Alzheimer’s or Dementia). With this in mind, don’t underestimate how important your hearing aids are to your general health and mental well-being.

Good for Your Social Life

Not only do hearing aids give you a better quality of life physically, but they make your social life easier too. Don’t let hearing loss steal the joy of conversations with friends and family. If you don’t wear your hearing aids, you might miss part of the discussion and find yourself asking people to repeat themselves. This can get awkward.

It can cause you to withdraw into yourself and exclude yourself socially, which can lead to other health problems.

Equally, you might be thinking to yourself ‘I’d never wear my hearing aids in a social setting’, but there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. There are plenty of stylish hearing devices that are completely discreet or look like a great fashion accessory.

I Can Just Wear One Hearing Aid, Right?

You can if you’re only experiencing hearing loss in one ear and your other ear is functioning normally. However, hearing loss is more common in both ears, especially if it’s age related. For the brain to separate speech from noise it really needs information coming from both sides.

Aren’t Hearing Aids Uncomfortable to Wear?

They can sometimes take a little getting used to for sure. However, choosing the right hearing aid provider will play a big part in getting the best solution for you. Hearing aids are a life adjustment, but in the pursuit of preserving your hearing for years to come, they are worth it for your well-being.

Think you could benefit from hearing aids? Use our fast, online hearing screener to test how well you’re hearing. Try it now.