Reverse hearing loss
Umm… can you repeat that? As much as we love festive gatherings, 58% of us struggle to hear over the background din! What experts suggest:
Sounds fade in and out? Go right
If you have trouble hearing every word of a conversation when you’re listening to someone in a crowd, try leaning in toward the person with your right ear—the position shift can help you hear 20% more clearly, according to British neurologists. Why? Sounds that go into that ear are processed by the left side of the brain—the side that’s best at understanding language.
Noises muffled? Nix the wax
Earwax buildup makes sounds seem fuzzy—but the problem is easy to treat (and prevent!). Simply fill an eye dropper with comfortably warm mineral oil, lie on one side and place five drops in your exposed ear. Relax for three minutes, then roll over to drain the oil (and dissolved wax); repeat on the other side. Do this once daily for five days and University of Texas researchers say you’ll keep wax in check—and hearing sharp—for two months.
Ringing in your ears? Try ginkgo
Persistent ringing (tinnitus) doubles your risk of hearing troubles in loud rooms. To dial down that inner racket and hear 36% better, consider taking 120 mg. of ginkgo biloba extract daily. Ginkgo contains compounds that calm overactive inner-ear nerves. Note: Check with your doctor before taking supplements.
Can’t make out the words? Bend & stretch
Do you sometimes hear people’s voices but don’t quite understand what they’re saying? A daily yoga session can sharpen your comprehension by 57%, Indian scientists say. The moves boost blood flow to the part of the brain that interprets sound.