Every New Year brings with it a host of resolutions that we plan to implement to make ourselves better people. The challenge is not making these resolutions but making sure they do not melt away with the snow as winter turns to spring.
Some common resolutions might include reducing stress, keeping in regular contact with friends and family, and being more socially active. For those who struggle with hearing loss, keeping these and other perennial resolutions may prove challenging.
Here are a few examples of how treating your hearing loss in the New Year can help you achieve your resolutions and improve your life.
Keeping in contact with family and friends
If keeping in touch with the important people in your life tops your list of resolutions, addressing your hearing concerns may be a step in the right direction. Being able to communicate with family and friends without worrying about what was said by a loved one face-to-face, over the phone, or online, is of the utmost importance. Not only does it put your mind at ease, but it also makes conversations with loved ones that much easier.
Staying stress free in the New Year may seem like an insurmountable task, but we can all do a few things to make sure stress doesn’t dominate our lives. Hearing-related stress can present itself in everyday situations with the potential to significantly increase your overall stress level. If you have become nervous to speak up when clarifying what was said in a conversation or avoid loud places for fear of being cut from the conversation, it may be time to address your hearing issues. Finding a solution could help you reduce some of your daily stress.
If you are reluctant to broaden your social circle because of your hearing loss, addressing the issue in the New Year could be the push you need to make new friends and experience new adventures in the coming year. Have you always wanted to join a club or do some volunteering but have been too self-conscious about your hearing loss? Don’t let apprehension and worry keep you from meeting new people and enjoying all the sights and sounds that the world has to offer.
Starting a new hobby
Starting a new hobby, whether by yourself or in a group setting, can be both challenging and entertaining. If you would like to learn how to play a new instrument and want to better hear the notes, or if you are taking a class at your local educational centre and want to be able to contribute to the discussion without feeling nervous, having the confidence to address your hearing issues can lead to new talents and friends.
If any of the above scenarios resonate with you, your hearing loss could be a barrier to accomplishing your resolutions. It may be time to add another resolution to the list: book a hearing assessment.
Seeking help, advice and ultimately treating your hearing loss will benefit not only your physical health but your mental and social health as well. Placing priority on your hearing health will not only help you to achieve your New Year’s resolutions but will give you a renewed confidence in your hearing and social life.
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