Anti aging guide

Hearing Exercises and Aging



How to perform some simple exercises to improve on the hearing and stimulate the brain

There are several exercises to increase input of meaningful sounds to the brain. These will also help prevent memory loss and will keep the brain nicely stimulated and challenged.

Exercise 1: A Sound Exercise

Have frequent and regular periods of silence in your house. On the other hand, if you usually have to live in a quiet environment, have periods of extra noise to stir your senses up, for example put the radio or the television on loud for a while – not for too long, though.

Exercise 2: Noise Attention Exercise

This exercise will help you pay more attention to sound. Sit quietly and relax for a few minutes. Then attempt to discriminate the different noises and sounds from around you. Most people are able to pick up anything between three and eight various noises. Examples are the central heating creaking, cars passing, your own breathing, the noise of the fridge, your clothes rustling, the neighbour’s child screaming, etc.

Do make an effort to perform this exercise at least once a week. You will then become more aware of the different sounds around you and you will be in a better position to remember the particular situation easily.

Exercise 3: ‘Heavyweight’ Hearing Training

Also known as ‘Message Shadowing’.

Spend a few minutes listening to the radio or the television when somebody is talking, just to put your brain in gear. News broadcasts are ideal for this exercise. Then listen for a fraction of a second and repeat in a loud voice what the newscaster has just said, like instant translators do. While repeating, listen for the next sentence and repeat it immediately. Do this for as long as you feel comfortable.

This is a tremendous exercise for stirring up many parts of the brain: sensing sound, understanding words, speeding up information processing and improving short-term memory and decision-making abilities.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm