Though hearing loss is a natural part of ageing for many people, you don’t have to accept it as it comes to you and give up on activities you once enjoyed with your normal hearing.
Thank God for hearing aids. The advanced hearing device amplifies sounds to make hearing and communication easier for those with impaired hearing. It is important to realise, however, that hearing aids can’t restore your natural hearing.
But there are certain ways to improve your hearing aids experience and minimise worsening of your condition.
Rapidly growing as a form of physical exercise, yoga has been considered an effective therapy when it comes to treating mental and physical health issues.
Those who already practise yoga, must be well aware of its health benefits. But, many of you might not know that yoga can do good to your hearing, too.
Yoga poses like cobra pose, lotus pose, triangle pose and tree pose help increase blood circulation through the ear and the brain while removing toxins, thus improving your nerve functions. Yoga also helps improve your overall immunity while protecting your ears against infections and allergies.
In addition, yoga poses like big toe pose, fish pose, camel pose and plow pose tend to relax the muscles around the shoulders and the neck. This opens up your ears, reducing the ringing sounds (tinnitus).
Fun brain games
Your brain is responsible for processing the sounds you receive through your ears. Also, studies have linked hearing loss with mental conditions like anxiety and depression.
So, it is important to keep your brain fit in order to maintain your hearing health. A regular brain workout can help maintain healthy brain tissues and cognitive function necessary to process sensory information.
There are a variety of games and challenges such as Sudoku, crossword puzzle, Rubik’s cube, word searches and more that are designed to train your mind and help you memorise and concentrate better.
Hearing aids are the most widely used and effective treatment for hearing loss. However, when you start using hearing aids for the first time, your brain needs to retain its ability to hear sounds since it hasn’t processed sounds for a long while.
Fortunately, there’s a wide range of mobile apps and online games that are developed to help hearing aid users to practise listening and communicating in noisy settings on their computer systems, iPads, iPhones and android devices. There are also apps that are specifically designed for children with hearing loss to develop their listening and language skills through fun exercises.
While mobile apps and online games are sure a fun way to train your hearing, you don’t necessarily need the internet and digital devices to exercise your ears.
All you need is a cooperative partner and you can try out these exercises at the comfort of your home:
• Simulate a noisy environment by turning on the radio or TV and practise having a conversation with your partner while focusing on his/her speech and tuning out other sounds in the background.
• Keep your eyes closed and have your partner move to a different area of the room or a different room itself. Ask them to utter some words and try to repeat your partner’s words and locate where they are speaking from.
Don’t have a buddy to perform these exercises? Don’t worry. Here are a few activities you can practise on your own.
• Practise sound isolation to train your brain to recognise sounds better. Find an area to sit and close your eyes. Try to recognise as many sounds in your background as you can. Now focus all your attention on a single sound and isolate it.
• Meditate to improve your overall hearing health. It relaxes your mind while reducing stress and increasing concentration power, which further helps sound recognition that occurs in the brain.
There are different meditation techniques. However, the easiest way is to sit in a busy environment like a public park, close your eyes and take deep breaths while focusing on each sound in the background and trying to locate where it is coming from. Meditating for a few minutes every day will boost your blood circulation while improving your brain’s ability to recognise sounds.
So, that’s it. Go ahead and try these practices to boost your hearing health as well as quality of life.
Besides implemented these practices into your daily life, remember that regular visits to an audiologist can save years of anxiety and inconvenience. You can visit one of the reputed Adelaide hearing clinics to get your hearing tested and find a suitable treatment for your condition.