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There is no doubt that coming to terms with the possibility of reduced hearing ability can be a traumatic and upsetting experience. On average, people with wait almost 10 years before taking active steps to change their hearing health so that they can recover their ability to communicate and improve well-being.
On this week’s TIP, Adam Shulberg, discusses a recent study which demonstrates that hearing aid use may have a mitigating effect on trajectories of cognitive decline in later life.
It is well known that your brain gets a vital workout whenever you interact with others, and your hearing helps you chat, laugh and love. Wouldn’t it be great to get an overview of your daily hearing data to help you ensure that you are fulfiling your hearing potential and empower you to nurture your own hearing health and cognitive well-being?
On this week’s TIP, Senior Audiologist and MD of Cubex, Adam Shulberg talks about the world’s first hearing fitness technology that is able to provide insights you can use to improve your health behaviours. The insights are based on big data analytics that combines lifestyle and healthcare data with local sound environment analysis.
By Rosie Williams
On 21, Aug 2018 | In Clinical Mindfulness | By Rosie Williams
We talk about tinnitus a lot and that is because tinnitus is one of the most prevalent symptoms that humanity faces and it often causes increased levels of unhealthy psychological distress in those who experience it.
It sounds daunting to people to hear that tinnitus does not have a cure, but there are ways to manage and live well with tinnitus, without any suffering or stress. At Cubex, and with the guidance of the British Tinnitus Association, we utilise mindfulness and meditation practices to learn to live with tinnitus in a positive and calm way.
According to the Health & Safety Executive, employers have a legal duty to protect their employees from stress at work by completing regular health risk assessments and putting systems in place that promote health and well being in the work place.
Everyday we apply so much cognitive capacity just to make sense of the multitudes of information that we are bombarded with especially when working in fast paced cities like London. For the most part we are unaware of the amount of cognitive resource and the mental effort involved in trying to keep up with the pace and demands of modern working life and this can be a highly stressful experience for many. In fact, stress, anxiety and depression account for an estimated 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health (1).
Stress at work can be caused by number of factors including excessive work pressures, poor working conditions, interpersonal relationships, a lack of support, increased workload and of course, personal events. Irrespective of the cause, stress can be damaging to a person’s wellbeing and their career but it also reduces productivity at work, impacting on workplace performance and quality of work (2) and so, it is important to recognise this and strive to create a healthy working environment.
By Rosie Williams
On 01, May 2018 | In Clinical Mindfulness | By Rosie Williams
Images courtesy of Oticon / Product Oticon Opn™
We enjoyed this article from the Corporate Wellness Magazine highlighting the benefits of introducing a corporate wellbeing programme into your workplace. The article highlights the following key benefits:
By Rosie Williams
On 01, May 2018 | In Hearing Technology | By Rosie Williams
The leading Danish hearing aid technology developer and manufacturer, Oticon is launching a new HearingFitness™ app later this year which is designed to help Oticon Opn wearer’s understand their “hearing fitness” and how their lifestyle & hearing aid usage could be impacting their overall health and wellbeing.
The new app will be available to wearers of the award-winning Oticon Opn™, the first internet-connected hearing aid which utilises the IFTTT (if-this-then-that) service to seamlessly connect a user to a variety of trigger-based services.
By Rosie Williams
On 18, Oct 2017 | In Food for Brains | By Rosie Williams
We just love this recipe for sweet potato and quinoa falafels, provided by Mira Manek, author of the cookbook, Saffron Soul. Whilst this recipe is great as an all-year-round dish, we find it especially warming as we enter the Autumn season. Not only does it share the colours of Autumn, it also contains fulfilling ingredients such as sweet potato and chickpeas which will warm our souls at the end of a breezy Autumn day.
This recipe is also a perfect fit for our Food for Brains series, packed full of anti-oxidants, amino acids and magnesium which are all vital for reducing stress and keeping the brain happy and healthy. Enjoy this recipe as a main meal, a snack or a sharing plate with friends and family.
At the last Just Breathe London Grand Gathering, Mr Adam Shulberg, Managing Director and Senior Audiologist from Cubex spoke about hearing, cognition and the health precautions we should all consider now to ensure our long term cognitive well-being.
Cubex recently started the UK’s first Mindfulness Based Auditory Cognitive Treatment Pathway to support individuals experiencing reduced hearing ability, tinnitus and cognitive fatigue. In addition to bringing mindfulness into the clinical environment we also partnered with the UK’s first Modern Mindfulness & Mass Meditation community, Just Breathe London to create a space to breath & positively affect the cultural fabric and cognitive health of our city. It provides a place for community, connection & culture with the vision to create an oasis of space amidst London’s hustle and bustle.
At each event real world relevance of a mindful way of living is shared. At each and every Grand Gathering, our community of experts in the medical, health & well being sector share some wise words.
By Michael James Wong
On 16, Sep 2017 | In Clinical Mindfulness | By Michael James Wong
Every day we apply cognitive energy to navigate through our auditory world, especially when living in a loud, chaotic, fast paced city like London. For the most part we are unaware of the mental skills and effort involved. However, as our natural ability to hear starts to reduce, we become even more reliant on our cognitive skills to make sense of the world and this increases the load on our brains which is why it comes as no surprise that untreated audiological conditions can lead to anxiety, stress, depression, poorer communication and eventual isolation.
Repeated experiences of stress is actually damaging for brain health and halts the birth of new neurons. Fortunately, our brains have the remarkable ability to change and form new healthy neural connections, we call this neuroplasticity.
The act of mindfulness and regular meditation practice promotes the relaxation response in the brain and has the potential to encourage new neural network connections and reduce the levels of anxiety and stress that are usually associated with hearing loss and tinnitus.(1)It increases our capacity to notice what is happening around us, giving us a fuller perspective on the present moment and can help us improve our attention and ability to concentrate and focus on something specific while ignoring distractions. It enables us to intentionally shape the direction of our plasticity and change the way we respond to life’s challenges. Simply put, we can use our thoughts and our breath to positively influence our mental & physical physiology.
There are a variety of Meditation techniques, styles and guidelines to help put the mind at ease, increase mental clarity and improve cognitive reserve in the most effective way. There are a few easy and accessible practices that are relevant for the modern man or women. In this article we speak to Cubex Clinical Mindfulness & Wellness Programmes Facilitator, Michael James Wong about the small steps that we can take to start a process of cultivating well-being.