You may have noticed that things are often hard to remember, even if you just heard them a few minutes before.
Research shows that individuals with hearing loss may have worse memories than their peers with normal hearing. A study published in the Acoustical Society of America found that word retention was worse in challenging hearing conditions – either because of a hearing impairment or environmental noise conditions.
Essentially, the study found that auditory challenges require so much processing in our brains to hear and comprehend the words that there isn’t much brainpower left for remembering the words.
Knowing this, Audio Help offers the following tips for putting yourself in the best position to remember what you hear:
Control Your Environment As Much As Possible
Although it’s not always possible to do, limit background noise and distractions as much as possible. Turn off music or the TV, move to a quiet room or whatever else you can do to improve the listening environment. It will make it much easier to remember what you hear.
Studies show that physically writing down notes helps retain more information than electronic ones – the physical movements help facilitate cognitive processes. Don’t be ashamed or afraid of writing down the name of someone you just met or the daily specials at a restaurant.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
A rested mind is a more capable and well-functioning mind. Prepare for a day of heavy listening by being well rested (and well fed). A stronger mind and body results in a better listening experience.