cognitive health Archives - Cubex
You don’t have to go very far to see that lifestyle practices like mindfulness and meditation are becoming more and more popular for the management of tinnitus, hearing loss and in western medical science in general.
THIS WEEK’S TIP:
IMPROVING YOUR HEARING CAN HELP YOU REMEMBER MORE.
This week, Adam Shulberg is joined again by Alison Stone Audiologist & Training Manager for Oticon, a leading hearing technology company based in Denmark and part of the Eriksholm Research Centre.
There is no doubt that living with a reduction in hearing ability is tiring and it affects our memory. Everyday situations require more effort in order to follow and understand what is being said. The brain has to work much harder to”fill in the gaps” requiring use of more mental resource which leaves less capacity for other important functions. This effortfull and unbalanced distribution of our cognitive capacity can leave us feeling exhausted.
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.