While you may not be in any rush to get back to the gym during this global pandemic, that doesn’t mean you cannot exercise at home. In addition to keeping your mind and body fit, did you know there are exercises designed specifically for your hearing?
Below is an outline of exercises you can do alone or with a partner to keep your hearing in shape.
Partner Hearing Exercises
Some exercises you can try with a partner include:
One of the most challenging listening environments is one with a lot of noise. While many of us have been staying safely at home for the past year, it’s important to keep up your skills for when we are able to return to normal.
To practice having a conversation in a noisy environment, you will need to turn on the radio or television. Then try to have a conversation with your partner from another room. Try to focus on the conversation while tuning out the background noise.
Close your eyes while your partner quietly moves to a different part of the room. They should then make a noise, and your job is to identify the direction of the sound. If possible, try to also determine how far away they are standing.
Solo Hearing Exercises
You can also try these hearing exercises while alone:
Research suggests that meditation can improve attention and may also contribute to an increase in blood flow, which can help improve your hearing health. Improved concentration can help your brain better recognize sounds.
There are a number of smartphone apps that can teach you breathing exercises or walk you through guided meditation.
In order to help your brain recognize sounds, you will need to find a safe place you can sit and close your eyes. Try going for a walk around Town Centre Park and finding comfortable a place to sit. Then close your eyes and try to identify as many sounds as you can. If you want to go one step further, work to isolate a single sound and focus your attention on that specific sound.
To learn more about how to keep up on your hearing health or to schedule an appointment with a hearing professional, contact The Audiology Offices today.