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Audiology | Press release | Why flamingos could help our hearing?

Why flamingos could help our hearing?

21 february 2018

Press release

FLAMINGOS could help with our hearing more than we think. The magnificent pink birds well-known for standing on one leg could be on to something when it comes to their balance.

Balance is so important in our day-to-day life. From walking down the street to practising yoga – it affects everything we do. And no one knows balance better than the flamingos, so much so that a yoga pose even plays homage to the creature.

But while our ears have a huge role in our ability not to fall over, as problems with our inner ear can lead to dizziness and nausea - carrying out activities such as yoga can actually help our hearing.

Gordon Harrison, Specsavers’ chief audiologist, says: ‘When you carry out activities such as yoga, it causes an increase in adrenaline in the body which results in an increase in blood flow to the ears. Research shows high blood pressure has been linked to hearing loss and exercise helps strengthen the circulatory system and decrease stress. This in turn reduces blood pressure which would have a positive effect on hearing. Some studies also show that yoga releases tension in the neck which can help to free up blood flow to the ears – however this theory is yet to be explored in more depth[1].’

But Gordon adds: ‘Our ears play a vital role in ensuring we remain balanced as they provide information to the brain together with your eyes, body movements and positioning. If you find yourself feeling dizzy it could be because there is a problem with the part of the inner ear that provides the information on balance.’
Those over the age of 55 should have their hearing checked every two years, and if you are concerned about your hearing make an appointment to see your Specsavers audiologist. To find out where your nearest Specsavers store is and to book a hearing check visit