Did you know that your brain plays a vital role in hearing? It processes and interprets auditory information received from the ears. An untreated hearing loss can therefore impact the function of your brain.
Keeping a sense of awareness when it comes t o your hearing can be a great help. Understanding when you may be experiencing hearing loss can help you seek treatment sooner.
Exercises to Keep Your Hearing Sharp
Just like any other muscle in your body, your ears can be worked out. This is a great way to “test their strength” and increase your understanding of what your “normal” baseline hearing looks like.
We’re taking a closer look at some exercises you can do to keep your hearing sharp.
Daily Exercises for Your Hearing
These daily activities don’t require any special equipment other than a willing partner!
- Simulate noisy environments at home to give yourself practice managing noisy social settings. Simply turn on the television and/or some music at an average volume and focus on having a conversation in the same room. Tuning out background noise is a skill that develops with practice.
- With your eyes closed, ask your partner to move quietly around the room or surrounding areas, and then make a noise. The challenge is to see if you can locate where the sound is coming from, and identify how far away it is.
If you don’t have a partner readily available, try these activities instead.
- Practice mediation; it’s very beneficial for your hearing to build your mind’s ability to concentrate. Be patientwith yourself, try sitting quietly with eyes closed and just paying attention to your breathing. If you’re unsure, try a guided meditation. Gradually build up the amount of time you meditate for.
- A similar activity is isolating the sounds you can hear around you. Once again it involves sitting quietly with eyes closed and drawing your attention to what you can hear. Once you have heard all the sounds, try to isolate one to focus on for a short period before moving onto another.
- Certain Yoga poses (tree, lotus, cobra and triangle) are known to have some hearing health benefits because they boost circulation to the ears and brain. (We recommend speaking to your physician before undertaking any new exercise regime.)
Games for Your Hearing
Alongside your daily activities, there are games that can help exercise your hearing.
- HAPPYneuron offers a 7-day free trial before you subscribe. There are games focused on sound developed with a neurologist which boost reactions, concentration and confidence.
- Lumosity members of this free iPhone or ipad app can play daily challenges tailored to your cognition level.
Online Programs For Your Hearing
Challenge your hearing with these online programs.
- LACE Auditory Training These 20-minute daily trainings build communication skills within difficult hearing situations.
Forbrain® uses a special bone conduction headphone and dynamic filtered microphone. Used for just a few minutes each day for approx 6 weeks, as you talk your voice helps to train better attention, concentration, memory and pronunciation.
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