Get the most out of your hearing

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Better hearing isn’t just about getting your confidence and relationships back; it also means reconnecting with your environment and adapting to the things you like.

Hearing is a sense we often take for granted, and it’s only when we start to lose it that we become aware of all the sounds we’re missing. Today, take a few moments to reflect on your favorite sounds and what they mean to you.

Did you know?

Soothing Nature Sounds such as birdsong signal a peaceful and safe environment, free from predators and danger.

Even though humans have lived in colonies for thousands of years, these unconscious instincts still influence our sense of well-being. Ocean waves are believed to be relaxing because they create a gentle rhythm that can remind us of the sound of our mother’s circulatory system while we were in utero. Wondering why it’s so easy to sleep during a thunderstorm? The insistent crackle of rain and the rumble of distant thunder create “white noise,” a kind of continuous, low-pitched disturbance that drowns out higher-pitched, more irritating noises that might keep us alert or startle us awake. These are all soft sounds that are easy to miss once hearing becomes less acute.

Listening to music elevates mood and improves cognition.

Hearing your favorite song boosts memory and creativity, and promotes the release of a feel-good chemical called dopamine. Studies have shown that the type of music doesn’t matter as long as you like it. In addition to boosting morale, music evokes memories. Remembering events and feelings from the past is not only a pleasant experience; it also helps you resist cognitive decline by exercising your brain.

Movie dialogue, old commercial jingles, and even household noise like a buzzing fridge can also stir up those long-slumbering parts of the psyche and help you feel more connected to your world. You might not expect to miss these types of sounds once hearing loss sets in, but they all provide important stimuli that help orient you physically and emotionally.


Dr. Izzy and his team are here to answer most of your hearing health questions. We can be reached at 732-818-3610 (Toms River/Whiting) or 609-978-8946 (Manahawkin) or visit us at

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