August 14, 2019. Not long ago, a few of us were having a casual conversation when the subject of hearing aids came up. Specifically, the question was asked “Do you take out your hearing aids overnight?”
Hearing aid manufacturers recommend that you remove your hearing aids at night to allow your ear to breathe and reduce the chance of an aid coming out and getting lost in the bedclothes. It may also be uncomfortable to sleep with aids in your ears.
Removing your hearing aids and opening the battery door at night, or using a hearing aid dehumidifier, helps to extend the life of your hearing aid batteries. (See https://www.starkey.com/blog/2017/11/Hearing-aid-batteries-longer-life-tips for more tips.)
Based on recommendations, you might expect the answer to the question posed to be YES, but the resulting discussion revealed that the answer was not as cut and dried as you might believe.
One said “Yes, if I’m at home, I remove my hearing aids before going to bed.” However, safety was definitely a concern. One responded frankly by saying “It depends if my husband is with me. If he is, I can relax, and so yes, I take them off.”
Travelling or care giving responsibilities indicated changes to normal patterns, as was explained by a person who normally removed her hearing aids at night. “I travelled with an elderly lady and left in my hearing aids. In case she needed me at night, I wanted to hear her.” Another explained that, “If I travel and am in a hotel room overnight, then I always sleep with one hearing aid in my ear.”
It was a fascinating discussion. Now we’re curious. What do YOU do with your hearing aids at bedtime? Does your normal practice change if you travel? Let us know! You can email us at email@example.com or comment on this blog. You can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI
© Daria Valkenburg
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