STAY SHARP

The world’s an in­ter­est­ing place. Don’t let any­thing limit your per­cep­tion of it.

Men's Health (South Africa) - - HEALTH + WELLNESS -

KEEP YOUR EARS PERKED UP What’s the sound of 1.1 bil­lion peo­ple go­ing deaf? Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, that’s how many young peo­ple are at risk of hear­ing loss. Loud noise from con­certs, night­clubs and sport­ing events can do plenty of dam­age to your ears. See where you stand with the hear­ing test on hearZA, a free app de­vel­oped by au­di­ol­ogy re­searchers in South Africa. Check in pe­ri­od­i­cally, and if your score changes, see an au­di­ol­o­gist.

SPEED UP YOUR BRAIN There’s no sure­fire way to stay sharp and avoid de­men­tia, but there are fun ways to try. “Things that speed up your brain seem best,” says Philip Har­vey, direc­tor of psy­chol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Mi­ami Miller School of Medicine. Speedy think­ing en­gages more brain re­gions to strengthen neu­ral con­nec­tions. Play a fast-paced game that gets pro­gres­sively harder, such as Dou­ble De­ci­sion ( brainhq.com), for about 45 min­utes twice a week.

SEE MORE CLEARLY Eye doc­tors see more men with dry eye than they used to, likely thanks to hours spent gaz­ing at screens. Don’t just pump over-the-counter ar­ti­fi­cial tears into those dry peep­ers. See an oph­thal­mol­o­gist. “Dry eye is an in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease,” says Mar­guerite McDon­ald, of NYU Lan­gone Med­i­cal Cen­tre. The glands that make eye lu­bri­cat­ing liq­uid can mal­func­tion, some­times caus­ing per­ma­nent dam­age.

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