Not only did I feel worn out and tired, but pretty quickly I also realized that I was having trouble hearing out of my left ear.
See my left ear was all clogged up and no matter what I tried to do to hear better it wasn’t helping at all.
Mine was a clear case of suffering from the stuffiness of a sinus infection, which left me all stuffed up, especially in my left ear.
While my hearing did eventually get better and my hearing loss was only essentially temporary due to being ill from a sinus cold, still it was frustrating and got a glimpse into what it would be like if I did have hearing loss.
Therefore, I was more than happy when asked to share some tips here today on how to help improve hearing if you or someone you know may be having issues with their own hearing, because of my own past above dealings with temporary hearing loss.
1. Give our brain a workout by solving puzzles.
Believe it or not, brain stimulation in the form of solving a variety of brain-teasing puzzles, such as crossword puzzles, Sudoko, word searches, or more can help improve hearing issues as it helps to work out the muscles, cells, and connections in the brain that control your hearing. So, keeping your brain active has been shown to improve hearing. If you are wondering where to start, try colorful animal-style jigsaw puzzles from Unidragon and get a lot out of them.
2. Doing yoga to bolster your health and hearing.
Yoga has been shown to help with overall health improvements, because yoga helps with circulation, which is beneficial for nerve functioning, as well as removing wastes and toxins. So, yoga can help nerve issues with your hearing.
3. Meditate for overall better hearing.
Meditating also helps with blood circulation and increases oxygen levels in your body. Also, when meditating, you will be able to focus better to ascertain sounds around you and locate where these sounds may be originating from.
4. Practice focusing and locating sounds by exercising your ears.
Hearing exercises can further help to determine where specific sounds are coming from, as well as who or what may be making these sounds. One hearing exercise you can try is as follows: Have a friend or family member move around the room reading sentences from a magazine or book, while you close your eyes repeating the sentence back and also trying to locate where they are reading the sentence from.
5. Miracle Ear is for all to hear a better day.
Sometimes, no matter what you could do to try to help improve your hearing won’t have the impact that you may hope for. In this case, you may want look at Miracle-Ear, which can greatly help with irreversible hearing loss.
Right now, Miracle Ear actually is proud to introduce their newest technology – GENIUS 2.0 with Speech Isolation, because listening and hearing should be as easy as possible in a variety of environments.
Miracle Ear helps by combining three key technologies –digital noise reduction, directionality and amplification. See speech isolation defines easy listening. So GENIUS 2.0 builds on the superior audibility and key features introduced with GENIUS, but takes this brand new cutting-edge technology to the next level!
What features does GENIUS 2.0 have?
- Music Master, which is designed to enrich the quality of music and provide maximum enjoyment for listening to music. With three music settings – Concert, Playback and Performer – wearers will enjoy a variety of music. GENIUS 2.0 is designed to deliver excellent music fidelity whether listening to music or performing.
- Echo Guard stops sound from reflecting off of surfaces such as ceilings and walls in reverberant environments. GENIUS 2.0 Echo Guard provides a comfortable setting for wearers by softening the reflected sound for better sound quality. Wearers no longer need to avoid difficult-to-hear places where sounds bounce off of the walls.
- Phone Surround transmits the phone signal from one ear to both ears when using a handheld phone. The signal is automatically detected by a magnet and wirelessly sends the signal, surrounding the wearer, and provides better understanding without the need for an additional accessory. GENIUS 2.0 provides an improved listening experience for telephone call.
- Wireless CROS Solution is designed for those with unilateral hearing loss. Available in our most popular style, the CROS RIC transmitter is worn on the unaidable ear and wirelessly sends the signal to any GENIUS 2.0 wireless hearing aid on the other ear, allowing the wearer to hear sounds from both sides.
Now, you can schedule free hearing test to ascertain the severity and/or nature of your own hearing loss, as well as learn more about our GENIUS 2.0 technology by scheduling an appointment to speak with a Miracle-Ear hearing instrument specialist, as well.
Have you or someone you love had any hearing loss issues?
Some great tips there and a very interesting read! My son is hearing impaired and wears bilateral hearing aids.
Thanks Ger for your comment and also for sharing with me about your son here.
My grandmother lost most of her hearing and now my mom is worried about herself. I will send her this!
Sinus infections are no joke! My hearing was fine with them but I lost smell/taste for a few days. Sad!
Tamara, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother and that your mom is also worried about hearing loss, too. Glad you can send this info her way. Also, you are so right about sinus infections and definitely can cause and reek all sorts of havoc!!
This is important info to share, Janine! Taking care of our hearing matters. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks Meredith and couldn’t agree more about our hearing indeed mattering! 🙂
Seana Turner says
My Mom wears hearing aids and they make a huge difference. I think loss of the ability to hear can be very isolating, so definitely worth doing what you can to improve your hearing!
Thanks for sharing with me Seana about your mom and you are so right about the loss of hearing being very isolating. Therefore, also agree about trying to improve hearing as much as we can, as well.
William Holland says
Huh? What did you say, Janine????
I have permanent ringing in my right ear. If you don’t think that’s annoying at times, think again. 🙂
Great tips here. I’m afraid it’s too late for this old man, but great tips nonetheless.
Happy Thursday, my friend!
Bill, you got me smiling here with your comment! But seriously, just so happy if I can help anyone who may need help with their hearing here today. Happy Thursday and once again thinking of you and Bev today.
Great tips, Janine and an interesting and helpful product to share. My sister had hearing troubles when she was very young, so we have some experience with hearing loss in our family as well. So glad you were able to share your experience with us on #shinebloghop
Thank you too for sharing your family experience with hearing loss and sending extra hugs your way today, Maria!! 😉
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
These are great tips, Janine! I knew puzzles were great for the brain, but I had no idea they helped with hearing as well. That is awesome. Miracle Ear is definitely on the cutting-edge for those in need.
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Thanks Lorelai and I can’t help, but agree about Miracle Ear, so I am very happy to be able to share about them here today.
It is amazing how often we take our hearing for granted until we have experiences like you did. I have had similar ones myself. They are no fun! I had no idea yoga could help with hearing, but truthfully it helps everything. So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised there 🙂
I very much agree with all, especially about yoga!! 😉
Aunt Gloria says
Good information….thanks Janine. So far, my hearing is OK but so many people I know are having problems. The cost of the hearing devices keeps a lot of seniors from getting the help they need. But our hearing is so important and an aid is an investment well made. I’ll share this with anyone who may be interested. TGIF! xxoo
Aw, glad you can share, Aunt Gloria and TGIF to you, too!!! Xoxo 😉
Wow, who knew that yoga could help with hearing loss? Another good reason to keep at it 😉
I know and agree completely Bev!! 😉
The meditating is a HUGE one for me as lately I’ve been focusing on really listening to my body. I love the tip to really listen for sounds around you too, I just tried it and it was super cool!
I need to try listening more to the sounds around me in all honesty as sometimes I am just that busy though and sadly forget!
Ducks n a Row says
My dad has hearing loss. At first he solved it by turning up the tv and aggravating my mom in the process LOL Then he got earphones to save her from the extreme volume. Finally he had his hearing tested and relented that he would get hearing aids. What a difference in his life and all of those around him. He wished he had done it sooner 🙂
Aw, Sinea my grandfather did something similar with the TV to my grandmother, when I was a kid and just recalled it reading your comment!! But I agree what a difference getting hearing ads can be for so many who do indeed have irreversible hearing loss and thanks for sharing how this has impacted your family here, too. 🙂
Rabia @TheLiebers says
My dad’s hearing has gone seriously down hill, but he refuses to get it checked, saying he “hears everything worth hearing.” It makes me sad because there are alots of things my kids/his grandkids say that he misses. 🙁
Aw, I hate hearing that, Rabia and hope your dad will get a hearing check soon. Thanks for sharing and hugs my friend <3
Chris Carter says
Oooh, this is so great Janine. I often have inner ear issues because they will with water often when I’m swimming- which this summer, is A LOT! I too, HATE not being able to hear!
Those are really useful tips, some of which I didn’t know about! THANK YOU for them!
And thanks for sharing about Miracle Ear- and their new technology. I’m SO glad they have options for those who suffer hearing loss permanently. I will keep this info in case there happens to be a need for it in my future…
Aw, so glad you can use my tips, Chris and do know that swimming can indeed cause hearing issues. That said just happy that I could help you on this, my friend 😉
Kristi Campbell says
Fascinating about puzzles helping hearing loss. Seriously. Now I need to know if playing Spider Solitaire on my iPhone counts as a puzzle. It should right? These are great tips, Janine!
I say it totally does, Kristi!!! 😉
Diane Roark says
I had never seen anything we can do to help hearing loss. Thanks for this great information. I have been sitting here and practicing isolating sounds. It is actually sort of fun.
I will encourage several family memebers to read your post and check out Miracle Ear.
Aw, happy to share and made me smile with your comment about isolating sounds more than you know, Diane!! 🙂
Kenya G. Johnson says
My son mumbles and my husband talks to loud, so I think I can’t hear when ones talking and need to cover my ears for the other. I think my husband needs the hearing test. LOL! Great info!
Been there on both ends with my own husband and kids, as well. So definitely can relate and thanks again for sharing, too Kenya 😉
Melanie Chisnall says
I had no idea yoga and meditating could help with hearing. Thanks for this Janine!
I’ve been out of doing both for a few weeks now, and my stress levels have skyrocketed – so this is just another reason to get back into it again. 🙂
Aw, happy to share and so sorry to hear you have been stressed though, Melanie. Hugs and hope you are feeling less stressed very soon now. 😉
My husband is a veteran who has hearing loss. It is difficult for him to communicate in an environment with lots of other sounds. It is a reminder to be careful with loud sounds and protect our hearing. I did not realize yoga could help, very interesting.
Glad to share and hope these tips to help your husband. Thanks for sharing with me here 🙂
We have a close family member who has significant hearing loss. It’s really hard for him, because the kids are always wanting to whisper things to him or are trying to get his attention but he simply can’t hear them. He does have a hearing aid, but this might be a great alternative for him.
On the other side, I think I might try to do item #4 with my kids as a ‘game’. I bet it would also help kids with listening skills!
Aw, glad you can use this for your close family member, as well as #4 for your kids, too 🙂