Should I Wear My Hearing Aids to Bed?

by | Jul 30, 2021 | Hearing Aids

Learn more about getting the best use out of your hearing aids, how to take care of your ears, and the best products to keep you safe while you sleep — all from your local hearing experts at Colorado Ear Care!

At Colorado Ear Care, it’s our mission to provide everyone in our care with testing, services, and treatment far beyond the average audiology clinic experience. A central part of creating that exceptional experience is by spending quality time with them and their loved ones. 

One of the best ways for us to choose the right tests and make the most appropriate treatment recommendations is through conducting in-depth interviews that give us a clearer sense of their day-to-day experiences. This quality time isn’t limited to pre-treatment. Your follow-up care is just as vital to your ongoing hearing health. 

In those cases where the recommended treatment is fitting you with hearing aids, our process includes programming your devices in accordance with your test results, measuring them to ensure they will help you hear your best in different listening situations, and then discussing all the things you need to know about getting the most out of your technology. 

This, of course, includes answering any questions that you may have about your hearing aids. No question is too big or too small. We realize that this is new territory for you, and that the more information you have, the better your hearing experience will be.

One question that comes up from time to time is, “Should I wear my hearing aids to bed?” While we understand why some might make the assumption that you should wear your hearing aids to bed, we in fact do not recommend wearing your hearing aids while you sleep. 

Why? Well, here are some of the most important reasons why you shouldn’t wear your hearing aids to bed:

You might lose or damage your hearing aids

Depending on how you sleep (a side sleeper, someone who tosses and turns, etc.), you just might jostle your hearing aids out of your ears. If they land on the floor and a pet gets a hold of them, for instance, they could get damaged. This is a more common problem than you might think! 

Or there’s always the possibility of them getting lost in the sheets, accidentally laundered, and then damaged by water, heat, etc. 

The point is, in order to prevent any of these things from occurring, we recommend that they go back into the case they came in, their charging port if they’re rechargeable, or in a dehumidifier if you’re cleaning them. 

This is really quite similar to removing your glasses or contacts before going to bed. You’re both preventing potential damage to your investment, as well as giving your body a break from wearing them while you rest. Speaking of…

You should give your ears — and your technology — a break

During your waking hours, it is vital that you wear your hearing aids. Your hearing aids are working to help your brain perceive and process many of the sounds that you had been previously missing. 

When you are first fit with your hearing aids, you go through what can be best described as a rediscovery period. You’re suddenly reintroduced to a variety of sounds that your hearing loss was preventing you from experiencing. 

It takes a little bit of time for your brain to reorganize all of these “new” sounds, but through consistent use of your hearing aids, you’re soon able to engage with the world in a way just like you used to. 

Inconsistently wearing your hearing aids means you’re likely prolonging that rediscovery period, and aren’t going to get the most out of your investment in your best possible hearing. This consistent use, however, doesn’t apply to when you’re sleeping. 

One, it’s good to give your ears a break in order to let them breathe a bit. This is good for the skin inside your ears, and it also helps promote the natural migration of earwax out of your ears while you sleep. 

Speaking of earwax, it’s also important to give your technology a break because of things like earwax, debris, and your skin’s natural oils that can cause buildup on your technology. Using the time while you sleep to clean and dehumidify devices is the perfect way to help prolong the life of your technology so that when you are wearing them, they’ll be providing you the optimum performance you deserve.

Have more questions about having a great hearing experience? Colorado Ear Care can help!

We’re here to help everyone in our community hear their very best, so that they can live their very best lives. 

Whether you’re concerned about hearing loss, dizziness or balance-related issues, tinnitus, or other hearing conditions, our comprehensive approach to testing and diagnostics can help give you the answers you need and the treatment recommendations you deserve to move forward confidently with your care. 

Our aim is to provide you comprehensive audiologic care that’s not available anywhere else in the Denver area. We are not a retail-centric environment at Colorado Ear Care. You won’t need to sit through a long sales pitch to get real solutions for your concerns. 

Don’t delay your care any further! Contact Colorado Ear Care today to learn why patients prefer us and physicians refer to us. We can’t wait to serve you!

Talk with one of our friendly hearing and balance professionals today.