Activities to Help Improve Your Hearing
Worried about your hearing loss worsening? Not sure if you’re experiencing hearing loss? Here are a few types of exercises you can do to help boost your hearing abilities.
The brain plays a major role in processing the sound information our ear receives. Research has shown there are links between hearing loss and mental conditions such as anxiety and depression.
This could be a result of brain atrophy, which is when brain cells and connections shrink or are damaged. Like muscles, your brain needs a good workout to stay strong and continue pumping.
Solving a variety of puzzles like crossword puzzles and word searches throughout the day or during the week are fun exercises to get your brain juices flowing and prevent brain atrophy. Playing bingo and card games are also great ways to work your brain with your friends in a social setting.
Daily Exercise is Both Heart and Hearing Healthy
Keeping your body in top shape is important for keeping your ears and brain healthy. Exercising every day by going out for a walk or jog, doing yoga, or even just gardening or doing housework is great for getting your blood pumping and circulation going strong.
We recommend not exercising with headphones, earphones, or any source of loud music, since repeated exposure to loud noises can damage ear hairs, which are irreplaceable. If you decide to exercise with music, keep the volume relatively quiet and comfortable. As a rule of thumb, if people around you can hear the music playing in your headphones or earphones, your music is probably too loud.
Use Meditation to Improve your Hearing
Try meditating in a park or other public area where you will be surrounded by various sounds. As you meditate, take deep breaths to help blood circulation and increase oxygen in your body. Focus in and out on each sound around you and try to locate where each sound is coming from. This exercise will help you concentrate on deciphering sounds in noisy environments and determining the location of each sound.
Practice Focusing on and Locating Sounds to Sharpen your Hearing
Hearing exercises can help you hone in on where sounds are coming from and who or what is making the sounds. Place a radio or speaker in one area of the room, and play music or a sound at a comfortable volume. Place another sound source in a different area of the room, and turn up the volume until the combination of the two sounds creates a noisy environment. Have someone move around the room while reading sentences from a book or newspaper. Close your eyes, repeat the sentence back to them, and try to locate from where he or she is reading the sentence.
We’re Here to Help
These are only a few types of activities you can do to keep your hearing from getting worse. To ensure good overall hearing health, we at Sonus remind you that if you are concerned about hearing loss or your overall hearing health, please contact us. Sonus Hearing Care Professionals take great pride in addressing the individual needs of those concerned about hearing loss. We are committed to your long-term hearing health and we will be with you every step of the way. For a free hearing screening please contact us at: 888.574.6776.