Anatomy: Do We Hear Much Better In Darkness?

Yes, hearing is improved significantly in the dark. You will find plenty of reasons why people can hear better in the dark. From a Physics point of view, this is because there are more air particles in the dark (or at night time) which means the air is denser which results in sound waves being carried faster and farther than normal, allowing you to hear sound better in the dark or at night than you would during the day. Another reason is you have less sensory input when you’re in the dark; when one of your senses goes, such as sight for example, the rest is heightened which explains why you can hear better in the dark. A person’s sense of sight takes up a significant amount of brain power, so if one of your senses like sight dims or goes out, your sense of hearing, touch and taste is heightened.

The lesser sensory input your brain has to work on, the more heightened your hearing senses get. Sound waves have difficulty reaching you when there are a lot of obstructions present; in the dark or at night there are less vehicles on the street and less appliances working, fewer people around to make noise so you get to hear sounds better. The lesser activity there is, which is something you can expect in a dark area or room, the faster and farther the sound waves can travel. The nerves in your eyes and ears actually work pretty much the same way in the light or in the dark. In the dark, there are also less competing noises to distract you and your hearing.

When you are in the dark, your sense of hearing is heightened due to minimized noise and visual stimulation. You are able to focus more on sounds around you since there would be less competing noises and distractions. It is important though to understand that having less noise and distractions does not improve your physical process of hearing but it does help improve your sensitivity and allow you to hear sounds clearly in the dark. If you are experiencing any type of symptoms of hearing loss, it is important that you consult with your doctors about any treatment or medication for hearing loss to avoid worsening your condition. You also need to discuss your hearing problems with a licensed audiologist who can take the tests needed so he or she can determine whether or not you would need to be fitted with a hearing aid and what type of hearing aid you are going to buy. This is a great way for you to invest in the right hearing aid without a lot of difficulties.