How often have you misheard the lyrics in a song or something someone has said? It happens all the time. And not just to people with hearing loss. Everyone knows the saying, listening is a skill, but most people without hearing loss take that skill for granted. Few people understand or attempt to sharpen that skill through exercise, but now Phonak has introduced The Listening Room a website that helps people exercise their ability to listen.
This isn't exactly the same as exercise that strengthens muscles, as currently there is no way to regain lost hearing. But there is a way to train yourself to be more observant and to hone in on cues that will help you better understand what is being said.
Musicians are known to have better listening skills than most people. That's because they spend a great deal of time paying attention to sounds. Phonak's The Listening Room is a place that teaches individuals to do the same thing. There are exercises for vowel sounds, word discrimination, and even everyday sentences.
Not only does the The Listening Room have lessons on speech recognition, but it also has lessons on recognizing sounds like at a sporting event. That's because people who have hearing loss sometimes find that hearing aids are only part of the solution. The other parts can also include adjustments to hearing aids and employing new listening techniques. According to Phonak the benefits of the activities on their website include:
So why should you take time to improve your listening skills and your hearing? As this video below shows misheard lyrics can provide a lot of comedy.
So if you don't want to be the person who is providing the unwitting comedy, you might want to try to exercise your listening skills and above all else take care of your ears and hearing. If you'd like to learn more about how to keep your ears healthy see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!