COULD A HEARING AID HELP IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY?
WANT to sharpen up your memory? Here are some practical steps that might help:
MAKE sure you are hearing and seeing properly. ‘It is amazing to me how many people ignore this obvious point,’ says Professor Gordon.
‘It should not be a surprise to anyone that not being able to hear or see well can cause problems with memory.’ This is because you can’t absorb the information properly the first time around.
SOME medication, including codeine, sleeping pills and statins, may dull your mind or your memory — consult with your doctor to review your medications.
PAY attention! You will not remember something if you do not hear it or are thinking of something else. To remember something, you must concentrate.
FOLLOW a Mediterranean diet. ‘There is an increasing amount of evidence to indicate eating a healthy diet that’s rich in oily fish, fresh veg and nuts is good for your brain and can help maintain your memory as you get older,’ according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
EXERCISE keeps your respiratory system and circulation strong. This not only gets vital blood and oxygen to the brain cells, but can improve your mood and reduce stress.
EXAMINE your sleep patterns, says Professor Gordon. ‘Sleeping problems are a big issue in memory, and sleep is certainly something most of us aren’t getting enough of.’