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Can I Improve My Hearing?

Though many people don’t recognize hearing loss right away, it’s a very common problem. If you suspect that you or someone close to you might be suffering from hearing loss, don’t hesitate to see a specialist. There are many treatments available that can improve hearing – and not all of then involve hearing aids. In fact, if you don’t necessarily have hearing loss but would just like to hear better, there are a lot of different methods you can try on your own. And some of them may surprise you.

  1. Look at your lifestyle
    As you know, your lifestyle has a lot to do with your overall health. Perhaps surprisingly, your hearing is no exception to the lifestyle rule. Take nutrition for example. Nutrients that could play a positive role include CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, and acetyl-L-carnitine, to name a few. Do some research to learn how you might supplement your diet.

    It might sound cliche, but keeping your stress level in check can also help your hearing. In your brain, there are chemicals called dynorphins that react to stress by producing inflammation, including in your inner ear. This can aggravate hearing loss and related issues such as tinnitus.

    Even your activity level has been shown to correlate with your hearing. In fact, research shows that women who spend at least two hours per week walking present a 15% lower risk of hearing loss than those who walk 60 minutes or less weekly. The same correlation is believed to apply to men.

  2. Use your brain
    Not surprisingly, brain health plays a big role in hearing. Just like your heart, lungs, and muscles, your brain needs exercise to stay fit. Simple puzzles such as Sudoku or crosswords can help maintain a keen mind and prevent atrophy. Social activities such as word games or bingo can help keep your brain (and social skills) in good shape – and that can only help your hearing.
  3. Yoga. Yes, really!
    Besides its other health advantages, yoga is well-known for it’s circulatory benefits. Any exercise that increases circulation to your brain and ear area can help with proper nerve function, toxin removal, even tinnitus. Specific poses to try include the lotus, tree, triangle, and cobra.
  4. Practice makes perfect
    Hearing exercises provide a little-known way to help you hear better. For example, try focusing in on specific sounds and where they are coming from. You can create a noisy environment with one or more radios or sound-making devices in the room. Then, have someone walk around the space while talking to you. Without looking at them, try pinpoint where they are. Then listen to what they say and repeat it. A quick Internet search can help you find more hearing exercises to try.

One final thought: hearing loss isn’t isolated to the aging population. Anyone concerned about improving their hearing or holding onto the quality of hearing they already have, should consider how they can play an active role in keeping their ears sharp and healthy.

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