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:

Woman's World - - Thsi Week In A Woman's World - —Brenda Kearns

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.

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