Did you know that your brain plays a vital role in hearing? It processes and interprets auditory information received from the ears. An untreated hearing loss therefore impacts brain functions, and this is why Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is of great importance.
Finding a daily exercise that you enjoy (swimming, walking, yoga etc) and that raises your pulse a little is great for many reasons. Specifically here because it boosts blood circulation to the ears and brain. This helps remove toxins, improves nerve function and supplies plenty of oxygenated blood. This study showed that just 2 hours of exercise each week could be enough to lower the risk of hearing loss.
Yoga is renowned for its stress reducing benefits. Poses such as tree, lotus, cobra, camel and triangle often help to alleviate symptoms of both hearing loss and tinnitus by increasing blood flow to the ears and brain. Research results confirm that a regular and consistent yoga practice may help to improve tinnitus and hearing loss symptoms.
(Seek advice from a physician before starting any new exercise regime)
Yoga can be a good gateway into meditation, but if you can do try to incorporate 5 minutes each day into being quiet and still. Meditation can have a detoxing effect for both body and mind, reducing stress and blood pressure and balancing hormones and blood flow. Be patient, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing deepening whilst listening to how many sounds you can hear and how far away they seem.
Think of your brain in the same way as you do your body, it’s essential to keep it fit. Try these simple activities.
Puzzles such as Sudoku, crosswords and word searches are all great brain training activities. Keeping your mind active is known to help prevent cognitive decline and is useful for sound processing capabilities. Games also help to support memory function and stronger neural connections which help when interpreting speech.
These aren’t the only activities that you can do to improve your hearing. There are also many great apps and programs that can be found online. Find what works best for you! Another important part of hearing and brain health given the close connection between the two is staying on top of your regular hearing assessments. Call us today on (864) 546-5708 to book in your next assessment. Alternatively, click here to request an appointment online.