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A link between sleep & hearing loss?

In honor of #NationalSleepDay, we thought we'd share the link between sleep and hearing loss.

Although studies have linked obstructive sleep apnea to hearing loss, the link is not entirely known between lack of sleep and hearing loss. People with tinnitus (ringing in the ears) have been known to have sleep disturbances. Lack of sleep can increase tinnitus as well as decreased tolerance to it. In other words, stress is a known stressor (no pun intended) of tinnitus.

Hearing health professionals have known for some time that circulatory issues can produce hearing loss. Research indicates those with heart disease are more than 50 percent more likely to have some hearing impairment.

Knowing this, it could behoove you to ensure you're taking care of yourself and getting enough rest. Here are a few quick tips for a better night's sleep:

  • Go to bed around the same time and wake up at the same time every day. (Even on the weekends)

  • Don't consume caffeine late in the day.

  • Leave electronics out of the bedroom. Create a quiet, cozy atmosphere for sleeping.

  • Exercise regularly.

For more on how sleep and hearing loss are linked, check out this study:

Matsumura E, Mata CG, Magliaro FC, Pedreῆo RM, Lorenzo-Filho G, Sanchez SG, Carvallo R. (in press). Evaluation of peripheral auditory pathways and brainstem in obstructive sleep apnea. Braz J Otorhinolaryngol.

We are here to help people hear, so they can fully participate in their lives and the lives of the people they love.

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