Our sense of hearing is one of our most important to help us get through life safely and give us a feeling of connection to our friends and family. Hearing loss has a big impact on our day-to-day living and can be the cause of physical and mental health problems, and a decline in our living standards.
Many people worry about losing their hearing through getting older or other causes, but there are steps you can take to minimise the risk and protect your hearing well into your twilight years.
So, how can you train yourself to hear better? Try these easy and fun hearing exercises and learn how to improve hearing for life.
Practice Your Hearing
It sounds silly when you’re constantly hearing whether you want to or not, but focused hearing practice can sharpen your ability to hear clearly and goes a long way to preventing hearing loss.
When you’re out and about, practice locating the source of different sounds, especially in noisy environments or where there’s a lot of background noise.
Try to identify each sound and whether it’s close or farther away. Do this with a friend because you might find that you both hear things differently and have some fun at the same time.
You can also close your eyes and have someone move around the room while they speak so you can practice pinpointing their exact location.
Meditating outside such as in the park can also help you locate the source of different noises and help you become better at deciphering and isolating sounds when they’re all mixed together.
Any form of meditation is good for your brain and improves your mental health and concentration; this just takes it up a level with hearing exercises.
Take a Yoga Class
Yoga offers a host of benefits for your mind and body, and there are even some poses that can help with your hearing. The aim is to increase blood flow and circulation in your brain and ears which improve nerve function. You can take a class with a friend or find some YouTube videos online to help you practice at home.
Online Programs and Apps
There are many apps for your smart phone and online programs that show you how to hear better. You can find daily training programs that simulate a noisy environment and help you develop ways to hear more clearly in busy and noisy places, as well as providing different and challenging accents to listen to and decipher.
There are also games with children’s hearing exercises so you can start them early and build lifelong good hearing habits.
How to Hear Better
At Health and Hearing, we have more than 30 years of experience working with veterans, seniors, university students and working Australians. We understand that seeking help for your hearing problems can be embarrassing and stressful but we’re here to help you with this sensitive issue.
If you’re having trouble hearing for any reason, it’s important to have a hearing test and get the appropriate treatment. Call us on (07) 3366 9355 or contact us online to discuss your hearing concerns and book a free no-obligation hearing test and consultation.