Hearing Aids May Reduce Dementia

Hearing aids reducing dementia

The above linked article tells about a link between dementia and hearing loss. It also covers hearing loss and learning.

One of the studies followed people with hearing loss and more than 50% of them eventually had dementia. Was there another study following that age group to see how it compared to those who didn’t have hearing loss? If so, I missed that info.

It gets to the point where it seems that hearing is important for learning, too. It made me wonder about deaf children who lip-read or learn ASL. Do they learn more slowly? Is their IQ any lower than hearing children? I suspect not, but is it just a different way of learning? I’d like to see a study on that.

Also, it brings up the debate of audiobooks vs paper books. Are those who are listening to their books learning less than if they read it on paper or more? What about dyslexic people who learn by listening more than by reading?

These last two questions are all from my head. No scientific theory behind them. Just my ramblings, but I am curious.

Crystal Bowl Breathing by The Big Quiet

Crystal Bowl Breathing

Crystal Bowl Breathing by The Big Quiet
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is supposed to be for meditation and relaxation, but it doesn’t work that way. There’s a man’s voice that is very jarring, not relaxing at all, that suddenly interrupts the relaxing sounds of the crystal bowls. He throws out instructions to breathe with the high bowl and the low bowl sounds. The pitch that’s chosen for the high and low bowl sounds is almost like an alarm clock. I dozed a bit while listening, but every time the high bowl sound came on, it woke me. Every time the man spoke, it woke me. This definitely isn’t the relaxation recording for me. 

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CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE SOUNDSCAPE by Gordon Hempton

CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE SOUNDSCAPE

CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE SOUNDSCAPE by Gordon Hempton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another freebie I got in the effort to find mediation and relaxation books. I was a little nervous about the possibility that the water sounds might activate my bladder, but they didn’t. It did make me sleep, though. 

I spent a little time wondering why I didn’t hear any seagulls. I will need to look up if deals are only on the west coast or why there weren’t any during the recording. Something to do later, I guess 

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The Perfect Swing by James McGirk

The Perfect Swing by James McGirk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a free meditation book on Audible. I was skeptical about it being calming, because it’s a baseball story. Something about the reader’s voice and the way he read the story put me to sleep almost immediately. Three different times! 

It was an interesting story, so I’m not sure why it worked, but it did. I had to go back and listen to it when I wasn’t sleepy at all. Great story with great information, told beautifully. But, it does double as a sleep aid. 

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Best Romantic Comedy Audiobooks

Best romantic comedy audiobooks

Just in time for Valentines Day, this list comes out. I have read a lot of these books already, but not as audiobooks. Most of the others are books that I have heard of, or are on my TBR list. I would recommend the ones that I have read, so I can only assume that the others would be good, too? Not necessarily true, but maybe?