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9/27/2018

Exercises & Listening Activities to Help You Get the Most from Your Hearing Aids

The ability to hear relies on more than just our ears. Our brain actually does a lot of the work. This is why if you have had untreated hearing loss for a while, and start using hearing aids, you may be surprised that things aren’t instantly as perfect as you had hoped. Fortunately, there are a number of exercises and activities that can help you make the most out of your hearing aids.

“Plastic” Brain

The brain is very adaptive; a process known as as neuroplasticity. It means we can quite literally change our minds i.e from a negative mindset into a positive one.

With untreated hearing loss, your brain will have adapted to getting less sound information, and therefore become less skilled at processing a lot of sounds.

 

  • Imagine you used to run track at college, but then you do less and less running – years later you simply couldn’t run as fast or far as you used to.

 

The good news is that you don’t have to accept defeat. Training can build up your hearing ability and listening skills.

Exercises & Activities

(NOTE: Many of these can be practiced at home.)

    • Train your brain to listen. Try listening to an audio-book and follow along reading a copy. You can make this more challenging by adding background noise.
    • Use closed captioning for TV or movies. Record as you watch live and replay later with closed captioning or by slowing it down.
    • Yoga, poses such as tree, lotus, cobra and triangle all increase circulation in your ear and brain. There are plenty of DVD’s or online tutorials or classes in your local area.

 

  • Meditation. Try a few minutes to start off with, just concentrating on the sounds around you with eyes closed and breathing deeply. Move onto tutorials online when ready.

 

  • Build up your concentration in noisy environments. Try to have a conversation with the radio or TV on in the same room and practice tuning out the noise.
  • Focus and identify sounds and distance. Ask someone to move around and make sounds with various items whilst you close your eyes. Try to work out how far away they are and what the sound was. Perhaps also try to identify different people’s voices.
  • Join a self-help group to share methods and techniques for optimizing your hearing aid experience.

Technology

We are fortunate to have access to technologies that can assist your hearing and hearing aid use. Be realistic about your expectations of your aid and learn about it’s features and functions, i.e. is it Bluetooth compatible?

Look for Induction loops at theatres, sporting events and cinemas.

Find out about assistive and alerting devices to further enhance your hearing aid use.

Applications are available as a mixture of games, training and assistance for both adults and children on iPads, iPhones, Android and PC.

Here’s some we would recommend:

Apps

Training programs that help with listening and communication

Games can be a good brain workout, try these…

We want you to get the very best hearing experience from your hearing aids. Regular check ups are important, and can help in the maintenance of your devices. If you have any questions about the fit or function of your hearing aid or you think your hearing has changed recently, contact us at (970) 352-2881 to book a consultation with one of our hearing care professionals today.

We are hearing experts.

Robert M. Traynor, Ed.D. MBA is the owner and senior audiologist on staff. Dr. Traynor has treated patients in Greeley for more than 40 years and is a widely published expert, audiology professor, and advisor to many leading hearing companies. Learn more about Dr. Traynor.