Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).
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Yoga is recommended for many people to relieve stress, increase mindfulness and improve flexibility and strength. Here at Hidden Hearing, we also believe that it can help to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus when it is practiced alongside meditation, and we encourage our clients to try it and let us know if it works for them!
A regular exercise routine is very important to maintain your general health and prevent further deterioration of your hearing. A gentle but effective activity such as yoga is ideal when you have hearing loss as it doesn’t involve the pressure of a competitive sport but allows you to progress at your own pace and helps you to manage stress in your daily life.
Our Tips For Practising Yoga With Hearing Loss
- Do some research. There are many different types of yoga, and every teacher will take a different approach. There are thousands of videos available online, so you can find out what you would like to try and speak to some of the teachers in your area before you commit to attending a class or series of lessons.
- Talk to the teacher. As with any class, it can really help to talk to the teacher before you begin. You can explain that you have hearing loss and how it affects you, and he or she will probably be very happy to help you find the best location in the room and to give you individual attention to ensure that you are not disadvantaged by your hearing loss.
- Take a friend. It can be much easier to try something new if you join with someone else, and going to a yoga class with a friend is a great way to begin. Talk to your friend about your concerns regarding your hearing loss, and he or she will help you to feel more comfortable and to cope within the class setting.
- Experiment with sweat bands. Hearing aids can become dislodged or fall out during exercise sometimes, and wearing a sweatband or headband can help to hold them in place. You may also find that this makes you more comfortable during the class!
- Enjoy it. Relax and make the most of this opportunity to try something new – and don’t forget to congratulate yourself on being brave enough to go along to the class! Take a deep breath and let yourself join in with the session and you may find that you are soon addicted to a relaxing and rewarding new hobby!
Book a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over sixty-five branches and clinics. We will be pleased to offer a free hearing test, and you can talk to our experienced audiologists to find out how we can help with your hearing loss.
We have a great range of hearing aids for you to try, including models that sit neatly in the ear canal and cannot be seen by others, so do not put off seeking help with your hearing loss any longer!