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By Rosie Williams
On 18, Oct 2017 | In Food for Brains | By Rosie Williams
We just love this recipe for sweet potato and quinoa falafels, provided by Mira Manek, author of the cookbook, Saffron Soul. Whilst this recipe is great as an all-year-round dish, we find it especially warming as we enter the Autumn season. Not only does it share the colours of Autumn, it also contains fulfilling ingredients such as sweet potato and chickpeas which will warm our souls at the end of a breezy Autumn day.
This recipe is also a perfect fit for our Food for Brains series, packed full of anti-oxidants, amino acids and magnesium which are all vital for reducing stress and keeping the brain happy and healthy. Enjoy this recipe as a main meal, a snack or a sharing plate with friends and family.
By Rosie Williams
On 11, Oct 2017 | In Hearing Technology | By Rosie Williams
The release of the iPhone X has caused much of a stir in the technology world and we don’t just mean because of the price tag. Apple promise a new and improved facial recognition software, which uses biometrics to map the users face to 30,000 invisible dots using the TrueDepth camera.
Whilst Apple are not actually the first to release a facial recognition feature on a smart phone, they are the first to promise absolute reliability and security, ensuring that the tech cannot be easily tricked using a photograph or a mask.
This is all sounds very new and exciting and it certainly seems to have shaken up the smart phone market since they announced the new feature.
What are biometrics?
What are biometrics?
Biometry is the application of statistical analysis to biological data. Biometrics is the measurement of people’s physical and behavioral characteristics for use in some way, currently mainly used for identification and verification.
Biometrics is a science we’re all becoming accustomed to in our day-to-day lives as technological innovation and personalization moves forward, such as fingerprint scanning on smart phones and biometric passports. And now, this technology has made its way to hearing aids.
First came the fingerprint, then the retina scan. Now, it’s all about the ear! These distinct parts of our bodies are unique to every individual and because they are unique, they can be used for biometrics. But what exactly is biometrics?
Each ear is unique, each ear hears differently
Biometrics is the measurement of people’s physical and behavioral characteristics that are mainly used for identification and access control. It’s something we’re all becoming accustomed to as innovation and personalization moves forward. For example, many smartphones have an integrated finger scan; biometric passports are standard today- even photographs can be sorted according to facial recognition. And now, this technology has made its way to hearing.
What happens to our mental capabilities and our composure when we become dizzy or disorientated?
Cubex Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Mr Jeremy Corcoran is currently involved in a study that explores if and how some of our mental capabilities (particularly our spatial reasoning abilities) and our composure (the balance of our autonomic nervous system) are affected by dizziness caused by mismatching visual and vestibular signals. Mr Corcoran has already completed two large studies which have looked into this. For scientific robustness, he is completing another study in this area to see if he can replicate his previous results once again.
If you are interested, and have not previously suffered with dizziness, we would like to invite you to take part in the study. We will measure your problem-solving capabilities and your fight-or-flight response while you are spun around in a motorised chair built by the Royal Air Force.
Before you decide, we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. The study has been fully approved by the University of Westminster. Please take your time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with friends, family and your GP if you wish. We would be happy to go through the information sheet with you and answer any questions you have. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear.
At the last Just Breathe London Grand Gathering, Mr Adam Shulberg, Managing Director and Senior Audiologist from Cubex spoke about hearing, cognition and the health precautions we should all consider now to ensure our long term cognitive well-being.
Cubex recently started the UK’s first Mindfulness Based Auditory Cognitive Treatment Pathway to support individuals experiencing reduced hearing ability, tinnitus and cognitive fatigue. In addition to bringing mindfulness into the clinical environment we also partnered with the UK’s first Modern Mindfulness & Mass Meditation community, Just Breathe London to create a space to breath & positively affect the cultural fabric and cognitive health of our city. It provides a place for community, connection & culture with the vision to create an oasis of space amidst London’s hustle and bustle.
At each event real world relevance of a mindful way of living is shared. At each and every Grand Gathering, our community of experts in the medical, health & well being sector share some wise words.
By Michael James Wong
On 16, Sep 2017 | In Clinical Mindfulness | By Michael James Wong
Every day we apply cognitive energy to navigate through our auditory world, especially when living in a loud, chaotic, fast paced city like London. For the most part we are unaware of the mental skills and effort involved. However, as our natural ability to hear starts to reduce, we become even more reliant on our cognitive skills to make sense of the world and this increases the load on our brains which is why it comes as no surprise that untreated audiological conditions can lead to anxiety, stress, depression, poorer communication and eventual isolation.
Repeated experiences of stress is actually damaging for brain health and halts the birth of new neurons. Fortunately, our brains have the remarkable ability to change and form new healthy neural connections, we call this neuroplasticity.
The act of mindfulness and regular meditation practice promotes the relaxation response in the brain and has the potential to encourage new neural network connections and reduce the levels of anxiety and stress that are usually associated with hearing loss and tinnitus.(1)It increases our capacity to notice what is happening around us, giving us a fuller perspective on the present moment and can help us improve our attention and ability to concentrate and focus on something specific while ignoring distractions. It enables us to intentionally shape the direction of our plasticity and change the way we respond to life’s challenges. Simply put, we can use our thoughts and our breath to positively influence our mental & physical physiology.
There are a variety of Meditation techniques, styles and guidelines to help put the mind at ease, increase mental clarity and improve cognitive reserve in the most effective way. There are a few easy and accessible practices that are relevant for the modern man or women. In this article we speak to Cubex Clinical Mindfulness & Wellness Programmes Facilitator, Michael James Wong about the small steps that we can take to start a process of cultivating well-being.
By Rosie Williams
On 14, Sep 2017 | In Tinnitus | By Rosie Williams
Tinnitus is a sound only heard by the individual experiencing it and is commonly described as a ringing, buzzing or humming in the ear.
People who experience tinnitus become more aware of it in quieter environments and during moments of downtime, such as bed time. The awareness of ringing in the brain can lead to an inability to relax or sleep which in turn promotes stress and high levels of anxiety at a time when rest is needed the most. Some people find that focusing their attention on external sounds helps them hear the tinnitus less.
We are offering complementary Auditory Cognitive Skills Assessments throughout the month of October!
Last year we began our work in tertiary education and partnered with University College London Ear Institute as a Clinical Audiology placement site for student’s completing their Master’s Degree in Audiological Science.
We were delighted to welcome Miss Madison Tutton who joined us with her BSc degree qualification and this year we are even more excited to share the news of her successful completion of a Masters degree in Audiological Science since joining Cubex putting her at the forefront of Audiological Science and technology, auditory cognitive training and aural enablement.
*To celebrate we would love to offer you the opportunity to arrange to see Miss Tutton for an Auditory Cognitive Skills Assessment during the month of October 2017 with our compliments. Checking the state of your cognition & being aware of ongoing functional hearing ability will ensure that you can continue to live your everyday life with ease and awareness.
Please get in touch with a Cubex representative on 0207 935 5511 or drop us an e-mail here.
*Offer valid until 31st October 2017
More about Madison
Madison brings to us a breath of fresh air and a contagious enthusiasm. She has also developed into an incredibly patient centred Audiologist always ensuring that her scientific skills are applied in the most human and individualised manner possible. Her interest to help people re-connect with and maximise their ability to participate in their auditory and communication world has become a daily passion and so we cannot be happier to have her on our team.
By Cubex Concierge
On 29, Aug 2017 | In News | By Cubex Concierge
We are excited to share our recent interview with The Marylebone Journal. Deputy Editor, Viel Richardson caught up with Cubex Audiologist, Jerusha Shulberg to talk about cognitive function and the reasons why it is vital to understand its role in audiology especially when treating hearing loss.
As there is currently no way to completely restore a persons hearing when they experience a sensory neural hearing loss, hearing technology is used as a means to deliver sound to the brain, but sometimes, patients may still find it difficult to navigate their auditory world and to communicate with ease. This is where understanding the cognitive component becomes crucial.
As Cubex Audiologists, we are mindful that in order for us to be able help individuals make positive lifestyle changes we need to build a cognitive reserve, improve hearing and strengthen the ability to communicate.
It is vital to understand not simply what you are hearing, but also how well you process the complex information our brain receives from our surroundings and so we have developed a relaxed and innovative way to truly understand a persons hearing ability and unique cognitive skill sets. This approach allows us to provide our patients with a real awareness of their current state of living and enables us to provide the best possible support and the greatest improvement in their communication skills.Read the full article >
Milan to Monaco… Done!
Yes, I know it’s been while since my last update on the Milan to Monaco 2017 Quintessentially Foundation Bike Ride. It was full speed ahead at Cubex as soon as I returned, seeing patients and working on some new exciting projects that we will share with you very soon.