Hard to understand. Harder to remember what was said! Struggling to understand someone is an intense mental task that puts a load on your brain. And it takes a toll on how well you remember things. Two key things impact understanding:
- Not hearing clearly. Your brain uses up energy resources trying to understand. As a result, the information isn’t retained properly and isn’t available for later use. People with poor hearing have more trouble accurately remembering information!
- Multi-tasking makes it more difficult to understand. When your attention is divided, you will miss parts and pieces of what is being said. This makes your brain work harder to fill in the missing pieces of information – with poor memory recall!
TIPS for better understanding and retention:
- Clear hearing – critical to good memory. Is it poor hearing or poor communication patterns that are causing problems?
- Pause the distractions when you are communicating.
- Mute the TV, your phone, stop side conversations
- Reduce the interruptions when possible.
Want better memory? Make sure you’re hearing properly. Doing these simple things will surprise you with improved understanding AND better retention!
Hearing wellness has a ripple effect on your brain health! Make hearing a priority and you will see improved understanding and memory!
Dr. Anita Carroll is a licensed Audiologist and owner of Hearing Solutions in the Triangle, PLLC with over 25 years of experience. Need some wellness tips – she can be contacted here. If you’re looking to test hearing or improve listening skills visit our online scheduling here.