Are you worried about your hearing health? Did you know there are activities and exercises that you can do to help improve your hearing abilities? Although hearing loss can be hereditary, a natural result of aging or caused by a medical condition, there are proactive steps you can take to prevent your hearing from getting worse.
Here are several activities that can improve and maintain your hearing health:
Did you know that our ears receive sounds, but your brain processes all the sounds that you hear? So, keeping your brain healthy can help to keep your hearing healthy too. Solving a variety of puzzles like crossword puzzles, word searches, and even Sudoku throughout the day or the week are fun exercises to get your brain juices flowing and can help to maintain healthy brain tissue and the neural connections necessary for processing sensory information.
Stress and anxiety can negatively impact your brain, which may in turn negatively impact your hearing. Find a quiet spot, close your eyes and focus on taking slow, deep breaths. Doing this for as little as five minutes a day may help improve your brain’s ability to process sounds.
Keeping your body in tiptop shape is important for keeping your ears and brain healthy. Daily physical exercise can increase blood circulation in your ears and brain, which helps to improve nerve functions and remove wastes and toxins from your body. Remember, if you are exercising while listening to music through headphones, be sure not to turn the music up too loud as this can damage your hearing overtime. Yoga is also a recommended exercise to improve your hearing; it combines the relaxation of meditation with the health benefits of a good workout.
Sound Focusing and Locating Exercises
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. You can 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.
These exercises are simple and fun ways to keep your hearing sharp. However, if you suspect that you are suffering from hearing loss, be sure to speak to schedule an appointment with your hearing doctor to get your hearing test.