Training Your Ears To Hear Better When You Cannot See

People who have lost their sight find that their other senses seem to be more sensitive. The truth is, the loss of one sense does not cause the other senses to be more sensitive. It is the removal of the sensory stimulation from one sense that allows you to become more finely tuned to the stimuli of the remaining senses. If you have lost your ability to see and find that you hear more than you ever did before, and you want to hear even better, there are ways to increase your ability to tune in to sounds around you.

Start Listening to Everything at the Level of a Whisper

Music and television that you once blasted so loudly a neighbor would complain you can now listen to at the level of a whisper. In fact, training yourself to hear every quiet little thing is a good start at training yourself to "see" with your ears. The shuffle of your spouse's slippers on the floor, the swish of a bathrobe belt and the sound of a coffee maker all alert you to morning, regardless of how quiet he or she is trying to be. Once you can literally hear a pin drop, both on hard floors and on carpet, you know you can hear and distinguish many other sounds easily.

Focus on Just the Stimuli from Your Ears

Train yourself to ignore smells, touch and taste while you improve your ability to hear. It takes some effort to tune out other sensory stimuli, but when you finally can, you can try it with the rest of your senses. Hearing is just as important as sight when it comes to deciphering the world around you, but when you do not have sight, hearing becomes the most important. You rely on it to hear a subway train coming, cars that are moving too fast, and pans of hot water boiling on the stove. Your hearing is your safety net, and you are unlikely to taste, touch or smell your world before hearing it.

Testing Your Hearing for Improvement as Well as Deficiencies

A hearing doctor, or audiologist, helps patients like yourself reacquaint themselves with the world when they cannot see. The audiologist will test you initially for what you are able to hear, and then retest you after a few months' worth of training your ears to hear everything acutely. Should your hearing ever begin to decline, the audiologist will also help you hold onto it, so you can continue to rely on your hearing to interact with your daily life. Contact a hearing doctor's office such as Hearing Professionals to learn more about improving your hearing.