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How Playing Sports Could Improve Your Hearing

How Playing Sports Could Improve Your Hearing
While attending sporting events without hearing protection can make your audiologists wince, there are some potential positives for your hearing to playing sports. According to some new research, athletes from a variety of sports can experience brain improvements that help with their hearing.

New Research Points To Sports To Improve Hearing

In December 2019, SAGE Journals published, “Play Sports for a Quieter Brain: Evidence From Division I Collegiate Athletes.” The researchers worked with almost a thousand participants—Northwestern student athletes and non-athletes for the control group—and monitored their brain activity as they played sports. There were earbuds in the ears of the participants, and the earbuds played speech sounds as the study participants played.

It turned out that the athletes were able to hear and tune into the speech sounds and ignore nonessential noise better than the non-athletes. The researchers postulated that athletes are more used to listening for speech from coaches and teammates, which may give them an edge when it comes to long-term hearing care. However, if you need hearing aids, sports is no replacement for proper treatment.

Sports Aren’t A Replacement For Hearing Loss Treatment

While the study itself is interesting and definitely encourages high activity levels, it is no replacement for proper hearing loss treatment. When it comes to hearing loss—particularly sensorineural hearing loss, which is permanent and irreversible—proper hearing loss treatment comes from professional hearing health care staff, such as our doctors of audiology.

Moving forward, it would be interesting if there was more research on how the use of hearing aids and sports participation worked together to help maintain a person’s hearing. But until that time, if you suspect you have hearing loss, the first step isn’t joining your local soccer league—it’s time to have a hearing evaluation.

Have Your Hearing Tested By Hearing & Balance Doctors

Some individuals try to skate by and just use an online hearing screening test to check their hearing. While these simple screeners can help those with advanced hearing loss come to grips with their loss, it is not nearly as effective as an in-depth hearing evaluation.

With a complete evaluation from our doctors of audiology, not only will your level of hearing loss be pinpointed, but what frequency range and volume levels have been impacted will be determined. By having more in-depth information, you can receive more precise treatment.

Also, the sooner you receive treatment for your hearing loss, the better, as there are a number of negative side-effects to untreated hearing loss. Some of these side-effects are depression, cognitive decline, and difficulty in social settings. Instead of running these risks, our audiologists can assess your level of hearing loss and help you find the right hearing aids for your needs.

If you are interested in getting your hearing evaluated, or have hearing aid needs, feel free to contact us today. Our doctors of audiology look forward to helping you enjoy the best hearing possible.

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