Have you thought about training your senses? Brain plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity, is a term that refers to the brain’s ability to change and adapt as a result of experience. There’s a lot to unravel when it comes to training your senses like sight and hearing. Here are some ways to improve there two key senses!
Enhancing Your Eyesight
An optometrist can show you exercises to train your eyesight. And there are exercises you can do to strengthen your eye muscles. Some of the exercises include the following:
Focus change. You do this by holding your pointer finger a few inches away, focusing on it, and slowly moving your finger away from your face but still holding your focus.
Figure 8. Pick a point on the floor and trace an imagined figure 8 with your eyes.
Near and far focus. Hold your thumb approximately 10 inches away from your face. Focus on it for 15 seconds, and then find an object between 10 and 20 feet away, focus on this for 15 seconds before coming back to your thumb.
Supercharging Your Hearing
When it comes to supercharging your hearing, it’s partly to do with being aware of the levels of your sense of hearing in the first place. It’s a good idea to consult an audiologist for a hearing test, so you get an idea of your baseline level of hearing. There are also plenty of opportunities online to test your hearing if you don’t think you are experiencing any form of hearing loss. Here are three different ways to train your hearing:
Practice filtering out noise. In a quiet environment, start a conversation with someone with a couple of noise sources going on in the background, such as music or the TV. If you can still struggle to focus on the other person because of the noise, turn the volume down on one device until you can speak with the other person comfortably. You can increase the challenge by adding more volume or devices.
Identifying and locating sounds. Surround yourself with a wide variety of noises, preferably outdoors in a diverse environment. And close your eyes. Try to focus on one singular sound in the location. It’s important to not use your sight but use your mind.
Brain games. There are many simple ways to improve your hearing, and we have to remember that a lot of our hearing ability is to do with how a brain processes it. Your brain is the internal translator, so you can train it to distinguish sounds by playing brain games.
When it comes to your eyesight and your hearing, keeping these two components well trained will be integral to a happier and healthier version of you.
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