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Sleeping & Other Dos and Don’ts With Your Hearing Aids

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Clients often ask us if it’s okay to sleep with their hearing aids on. Generally, it’s ideal to take your hearing aids off, open the battery doors and place them in a case on your nightstand. Doing this will preserve the charge of the batteries, whereas falling asleep with your aids on can wear the battery life down faster.

Other reasons to sleep without hearing aids

We don’t recommend wearing hearing aids in bed because they may be prone to falling out while you’re sleeping. When sleeping, your head rubs against a pillow and your sleeping positions may change throughout the night. Thus, there is not assurance that your hearing aids will stay in your ears.

Another reason it’s advised to not wear hearing aids while sleeping is so you can give your ears a chance to breathe. Having hearing aids in your ear can build up moisture more quickly. The ear canal is lined with skin and needs air circulating over it regularly. Nighttime without aids allows this air circulation to happen.

Lastly, it can simply be uncomfortable to wearing hearing aids all day and all night. The aids may be comfortable throughout the day, but when you put your head on your pillow, that can be a different story. Especially with Behind-the-Ear hearing aids. Wearing hearing aids that are molded to fit your ears for long periods of time can also build up ear wax, which can make wearing your hearing aids uncomfortable.

What if I fall asleep with my hearing aids in?

At Beltone, we have many clients that will fall asleep watching television in their living rooms and wake up with their hearing aids still in their ears as if they just put them on.

In the event you do fall asleep while wearing hearing aids, know that it is not detrimental to your hearing health. Sleeping with hearing aids may not be much of an issue as long as the fit of the hearing aid is securely in the ear and as long as wearing aids to bed is not repetitive.

What if my hearing aids keep falling out when I fall asleep?

If your hearing aids are falling out when you fall asleep, then the fit may not be good. To recognize whether or not you have a good, secure hearing aid fitting is by how frequently you feel the need to “push” your hearing aids back in your ears.

Whether it is Receiver-in- the-Ear (RIE) or In-the- Ear (ITE) hearing aids, you should never feel the need to constantly push or reposition them back where they should be when you first put them on. If this happens, make an appointment with your Hearing Care Practitioner to get this corrected immediately.

Other instances when NOT to wear your hearing aids

There are a few other instances besides sleeping when you should not wear your hearing aids. Aids should not be worn if they will be exposed to potential damage. We make sure to tell our clients not to wear them when they:

  • get a haircut
  • style their hair
  • spray any kind of body spray such as perfume or cologne, or
  • are in the shower.

What if I wore my hearing aids in the shower?

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If you accidentally wore your hearing aids while in the shower, it’s important to quickly place your aids in their case with the battery doors open to dry out the moisture. If your bathroom steams up from the shower, it’s advisable to make sure your hearing aids are out of your bathroom altogether. Usually, there is no issue when one takes these measures.

Hairspray and hearing aids

Sometimes while getting ready, people use a lot of hairspray only to find their hearing aids are not working properly. The fumes given off hairspray are prone to affect the hearing aids’ microphones. If applying hairspray, we tell our clients to remove their hearing aids while applying the spray and waiting at least twenty minutes to put them back in. This is so the hairspray fumes subside. Removing and waiting to put your hearing aids back in helps protect your hearing aids. This ensures them to continue functioning properly.

If you have questions about the functionality of your hearing aids, we are always here to answer your questions. We want your hearing aids to last and to help improve your life by improving the quality of your hearing.