If you’ve been self-isolating for a while now, you may find yourself a little bored. While you may finally have the time to learn a new skill, but it can be difficult to know what to focus your energy on. Take a tip from us: turn off the TV and use this time to improve your hearing!
Lockdown has already given you the advantage of improving your hearing simply by not being amongst the constant chatter that you would experience at school or in the workplace. Who would have thought self-isolation had this type of advantage to offer?
Improve hearing through Hearing Rehab
It’s time to challange your ears and your mind to some hearing rehab. Hearing rehab is simply a practice that trains your brain to accurately recognise the sounds and signals coming through your hearing aid. Hearing rehab also helps you to distinguish between similar sounds.
The type of activities you’ll do in hearing rehab programs usually include listening to certain music, as well as speech with different noise backgrounds. Doing these exercise will help you to gradually identify speech better through your hearing aid. Some hearing rehab programs also go into speech-reading lessons. The goal of each of these programs is to better your hearing and help you become more accustomed to certain noises.
Research has shown that these programs do cause a difference in the way that your brain responds to sounds.
How Can I Get Involved in Hearing Rehab
Unfortunately there are not many formal hearing programs available in South Africa, but there are many online programs that can be done from the comfort of your own home. Most hearing rehab programs are specifically designed for those who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants. Some sites that you could have a look at include:
- Angel Sound
- Customized Learning Exercises for Aural Rehab
- LACE (Listening and Communication Enhancement): Therapy for the Brain
- Postit Science: Brain Fitness Program
While you may not be able to recover your hearing to its formative health, you may be able to manage your hearing loss better and improve how you respond to sounds, which is definitely worth investing time into.
If you ever need any further advice when it comes to hearing aids, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Hearing Aid Labs South Africa. We also offer free hearing aid screenings, and our branches are open nationwide!