Hearing loss is a common condition that often catches people off guard. In fact, an estimated 29 million people who are between the ages of 20 and 69 struggle with sensorineural (high-frequency) hearing loss. High-frequency hearing loss is a common condition that occurs slowly as a person ages and is typically a result of damage due to loud noise exposure and from the aging process. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help prevent further hearing loss and sharpen your hearing.
If you are looking for simple ways to sharpen your hearing, try incorporating these healthy habits into your daily life so you can keep your ears aware and active.
- Live a healthy lifestyle. You can do this by simply eating healthy, get enough sleep each night, exercising daily, and by keeping your stress levels down (as much as possible). It sounds simple (because it is!), but living a healthy lifestyle will positively affect the other areas of your life.
- Need help with keeping your stress levels down? Try meditation and yoga! While yoga is a form of meditation, yoga will keep you moving and can improve your flexibility. If yoga is too intimidating for you at the moment, take some time every day (even if it’s 2 minutes) to sit back, relax and concentrate on your breathing.
- Exercise your brain by playing and solving puzzles. This includes Sudoku, bingo, crossword puzzles, card games, as well as word searches. The brain plays a significant role in the processing of sound information, so avoiding atrophy of the brain can help you keep your mind healthy and sharp.
- Do you own a smartphone? If so, take advantage of today’s technology and put your hearing to the test. There are applications available that can help you sharpen your hearing by focusing on hearing loss. For example, applications such as “TooLoud” can analyze your environment and make the determination if you are putting your ears at risk. While other apps, such as “Play It Down” can test your hearing and can determine the “age” of your ears.