Did you know that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month? You may not think that Alzheimer’s has any connection to hearing loss, but ongoing research is showing a link between the two. Although hearing loss doesn’t mean that you will develop Alzheimer’s, minimizing the risk of hearing loss can also reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
To help keep your hearing at its best, below are some simple exercises for your hearing.
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 makes 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 patient with 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. You may also find our blog on exercise and hearing health useful.)
Games for Your Hearing
Alongside your daily activities, there are games that can help exercise your hearing.
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.
At Clear Wave Hearing Center, we have a results oriented approach and we believe that better informed patients make better choices. For more information about the links between hearing loss and your memory, check out our blog on Memory Function and Hearing Loss: What You Need to Know. If it’s time to book in your annual hearing assessment, or if you suspect that your hearing may have changed, don’t delay in booking in an appointment today. Give us a call on on 507-208-7002 or click here to request an appointment online.
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