Is there any better way to help you unwind during your after-work commute than listening to your favorite jams, or any better way to spend a summer weekend than at the Slowdown for a live concert?
Research shows that music can improve many aspects of our wellbeing. Unfortunately, for people with hearing loss, it can be tough to enjoy music. Hearing aids can help.
Benefits of Music
Below are some of the ways music is beneficial for our wellbeing.
Music Boosts Mood
When we listen to music, our brains release oxytocin, a neuropeptide in the brain that increases feelings of bonding and trust between people, in addition to dopamine, the feel-good hormone associated with learning and memory.
Music Strengthens Social Bonds
Listening to music impacts our ability to connect with others because it involves areas of the brain associated with trust, cooperation and empathy. When you listen to music with others, it can make you feel more connected to them.
Music Improves Memory & Cognition
Studies on hospital patients in recovery have shown that patients who listened to music daily exhibited greater improvement in verbal memory and focused attention. Music can also help improve performance on cognitive tasks; in particular, upbeat music can help you perform more quickly.
Music Increases Immune Function
Research out of Wilkes University found that students who listened to soothing music had higher levels of an antibody in their immune systems associated with improved immune function.
Hearing Aids Can Improve the Music Listening Experience
People with untreated hearing loss or outdated hearing aids often feel frustrated they can’t enjoy music like they once did.
Fortunately, many of today’s hearing aids are built with special music programs that amplify a wider range of frequencies to help boost the music listening experience. Most hearing aids are also Bluetooth-enabled, meaning they can connect to your smartphone and act as a pair of wireless headphones, streaming music directly to your ears.
For more information about today’s hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with an expert audiologist, call Central Plains ENT today.