What has my brain got to do with my hearing loss?
We hear with our brain and it is in our brain that the saying “use it or lose it” applies.
Speed of understanding in a noisy environment declines over time, unless you play a musical instrument or practice your listening skills. It has been found that those who play musical instruments early in life have good understanding of speech later in life. The good news is that with practice we can improve our ability to understand speech in background noise. Practising this skill, before we have hearing loss, will slow down, if not stop hearing impairment. So you need to exercise your brain to improve your hearing.
Our brains undergo change over time with average cognitive decline starting between the ages of 20 to 30 however the brain retains plasticity (flexibility to change) right up until 70 or 80 years of age. The inability to change is not functional but is behavioural, as a person may get stuck in their ways whilst the brain craves challenge and stimulation.
Have you ever been in a conversation in a bar, party or other noisy places and found yourself unable to recall important details from that conversation later?
Would you like to train your brain to hear better in these situations?
Fifty years ago, going to the gym wasn’t something the average person did. Now, it seems, everyone has a gym membership or finds other ways to exercise regularly. That’s because a revolution took place in the 1980s and 90s. We learnt how important physical exercise was for our overall health and wellbeing.Brain training or fitness is the revolution occurring right now and like physical exercise, science has shown training makes a difference.
Don’t stop exercising your body as “exercise” is one of the big preventers of future hearing loss as you age.The good news is that with or without hearing aids, you can train your brain to listen closely for details in an information rich conversation and prepare yourself to hear and process information in real life.
The right brain training is also about ensuring you get the very best out of your hearing aids. Your hearing aids are like personalised listening computers. They need to be carefully fine-tuned and adjusted to match the way you hear sound.We highly recommend hearing and listening optimisation to anyone who wears hearing aids or needs them. Your neural pathways are building up and this will also improve your memory because the clarity of what you hear greatly determines your ability to confidently and accurately remember it later.
Brain training provides the tool to excise the brain muscle just as you would the rest of the muscles in your body. However not all brain training exercises are equal.
At Hearing Care Professionals Nolene is skilled in the use of Brain HQ (Brain training software). This is a system that has been built and tested internationally by a large team of top neuroscientists and other brain experts. It is training that fits your needs.
Contact us if you would like to book or to find out more information.
Brain HQ – http://www.brainhq.com
Hack My Brain TV Show – http://bit.ly/1B6GllP
Lace Interactive Listening Program – http://www.neurotone.com/lace-interactive-listening-program/lace-online-web-based-auditory-training
All information is provided in the interests of Hearing Health education and is of a general nature. In all cases you should consult your doctor or other allied health professional for advice regarding your individual circumstances.