How Can I Improve My Hearing & Relieve Stress?
The holidays can be a stressful time for many—even more so if you have hearing loss. No one likes straining to hear loved ones or missing out on conversations with friends. As the holiday season wraps up, you might be thinking about what you can do to recover from this stress. Fortunately, many of the ways to reduce stress can also help you clear your mind and focus better, and improve your hearing in the process.
Meditation is a popular relaxation method that can help you achieve calmness and mindfulness. By relaxing and taking deep breaths, you increase blood flow to your brain, which helps maintain brain function and improve mental health. Meditation can even be an effective way to treat tinnitus.
Focusing on ambient sounds like birds or people can also help you hear the world around you better. If you meditate while focusing on external noises, you can become more attuned to them during your daily life. You may be able to subconsciously notice softer sounds you would have missed before. While this is more of a mental hearing improvement than a physical one, it can still be helpful.
Practicing sound location and identification
Your ability to hear relies on more than just your ears. Your brain plays a large part in how you process sound, so fine-tuning your mind’s ability to focus on noise can help improve hearing. Put on music in one room and walk around your house while listening. Focus on the sounds you’re hearing and try to identify certain words and instruments. By listening at different locations and volumes, you’re training your brain to locate and understand sounds.
While yoga can benefit everyone, many people with hearing loss say that the workout improves their quality of life. By stretching and relaxing, you’re encouraging blood flow and focus. The downward dog position sends oxygen-rich blood to your head, which can be helpful in improving your hearing as well.
Contrary to popular belief, yoga does not have to be done in a class with an instructor. If you’re short on time and money, practicing at home can fit better with your lifestyle. Just make sure to warm up, and don’t try tackling poses and stretches you’re not ready for.
This is by far the most effective step you can take to improve your hearing and relieve the associated stress. With Signia hearing aids, you’ll experience a number of benefits, including Own Voice Processing, so your voice will sound as normal as possible, and better speech understanding even in noisy situations.
Signia offers many hearing aid models. The right pair for you will depend on what kind of hearing loss you have, how often you plan on using them, and what sound quality you want. Your personal preferences regarding features and size can also play into which hearing aids you choose. For example, someone who spends a lot of time at home and only needs hearing aids occasionally might not need the same type of devices as someone who regularly attends business meetings or takes trips.
If you’re tired of missing out on the important things in life because of your hearing loss, whether during the holidays or every day, now’s the time to act. Any of the above can help improve your hearing, especially getting hearing aids. For more information, visit our website or find a hearing care professional near you by using our convenient online store locator.