Make The Most Of Your Hearing

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  Better hearing isn’t just about reclaiming your confidence and relationships; it’s also about reconnecting to your environment and attuning to the things you love.

Hearing is a sense we often take for granted, and it’s only when we begin to lose it that we become aware of all the sounds we’re missing out on. Today, take a few moments to think about your favorite sounds and what they mean to you.

  Did You Know?

  Soothing nature sounds such as birdsong signal a peaceful, safe environment free from predators and danger.

  Even though humans have lived in settlements for thousands of years, these unconscious instincts still influence our sense of well-being. Ocean waves are thought to be relaxing because they create a gentle rhythm that may remind us of the sound of our mother’s circulatory system while we were in utero. Wonder why
it’s so easy to sleep during a thunderstorm? The insistent pitter-patter of rain and rumbling of distant thunder create “white noise,” a kind of low, continuous disturbance that drowns out sharper, more irritating noises that might keep us alert or jolt us awake. These are all soft sounds that are easy to miss once hearing becomes less acute.

  Listening to music elevates mood and improves cognition.

  Hearing your favorite song stimulates memory and creativity, and promotes the release of a feel-good chemical called dopamine. Studies have shown that the type of music is irrelevant as long as you love it. In addition to lifting your spirits, music evokes memories. Recalling events and feelings from the past isn’t just a pleasant experience; it also helps you resist cognitive decline by exercising your brain.

  Film dialogue, old commercial jingles, and even household noise like a humming refrigerator can also
stir those long-slumbering parts of the psyche and help you feel more connected to your world. You may not expect to miss these types of sounds once hearing loss sets in, but they all provide important stimuli that help orient you physically and emotionally.


Dr. Izzy & his Staff are here to answer most of your hearing health questions. We can be reached at 732-818-3610 (Toms River/Whiting) or 609-978-8946 (Manahawkin) or visit us at

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Dr. Kirsh has over 25 years of hearing care experience. Dr. Kirsh received a B.A. in Biopsychology from the University of Maryland, a Master’s of Education (Audiology) from the University of Virginia and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with area of specialization in Audiology from the Union Institute (The Graduate School). Dr. Kirsh completed a fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, has multiple publications, and has received numerous continuing education awards from both ASHA and AAA. Dr. Kirsh is currently a Founder and Director for Audigy Group and has previously served on the Sonus Network advisory board. Dr. Kirsh’s wife, Shira Kirsh, is a Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice at Alliance Speech & Hearing Center (Howell, N.J., 732-942-7220)-an affiliate of GSHBC. Dr. Kirsh has two beautiful children, Melanie and Joseph.