If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, you may be worried about it continuing to worsen. But these 3 activities can actually help improve your hearing.
There’s no denying it. Your brain plays an enormous role in processing the sounds that surround you on a daily basis. The relationship between your ears and your brain is an important one. Research has shown that mental conditions like depression and anxiety can be linked to hearing loss.
Some mental conditions can actually cause muscle atrophy in your brain. Atrophy is caused when brain cells and their connections are either damaged or shrink. Just like the muscles in the rest of your body, your brain needs to be worked out to stay fit and healthy!
Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word searches and reading are great ways to exercise your grey matter. Not only are they fun, they can have the added benefit of helping to improve your hearing.
The peaceful, quiet time that comes with meditation can benefit your hearing in a number of ways. The quiet, relaxing environment that serves meditation best can provide a welcome hearing detox for your ears. Removing yourself from the hustle and bustle (not to mention noise) of daily life includes an added bonus for your ears.
Meditation also gives you the opportunity to focus on the sounds that surround you. As you take deep breaths in and out, focus on the sounds. Try to identify what it may be, or where it may have come from. It’s a win win!
Just like you can exercise your brain and your body, you can also exercise your hearing. It’s surprisingly easy to give your ears a good work out. Hearing exercises can help you identify where sounds may be originating, or trying to isolate what (or who!) is making the sound.
You can try this at home by placing a speaker in an area of your room. Play music, radio or sounds at a reasonable volume. Place another sound source in a different part of the room. Turn the volume on this device up until between the two devices, your environment is quite noisy.
Another alternative is to sit yourself in the middle of a room and close your eyes. Have a friend or family member walk around the room and read from a book. Keeping your eyes closed, repeat the sentence back to them. Try to focus on where they’ve spoken from.
These three activities are just a few of the activities that you can engage in to help improve your hearing. If you’re interested in learning more about how to best protect your hearing, contact us to schedule an appointment today!