New Year, New You: Setting Goals for Better Hearing in 2020

by | Jan 1, 2010 | Hearing Health, Patient Resources

A new year is a perfect time to set new goals for self-improvement. Why not resolve to improve your hearing and change your mindset around it?

Hearing impairment is easily one of the most overlooked of all disabilities. Because it’s “invisible,” it’s often misunderstood, both by those of us affected by it as well as those around us.

While hearing loss is not difficult to diagnose, those affected often do not seek or access the support and tools they need to improve their situation. Instead, they continue to struggle, sacrificing social interaction, withdrawing from activities they enjoy, and generally isolating themselves, even in a crowded room.

Do something for yourself

A new year is a perfect time to set new goals for self-improvement. Why not resolve to improve your hearing and change your mindset around it?


Improved quality of life

When we can hear what’s going on around us – whether it’s a casual conversation, enjoying a show on television, going to a movie, or attending a class – we can only fully engage if we feel connected. Hearing is a big part of that connectivity because if you can’t hear, you won’t understand, and you’ll miss a lot. Better hearing means a better quality of life.

Improvement in personal relationships

Whether we’re talking about friends, family, your kids, or your spouse, you’ll feel more connected to them when you can hear what they have to say. When your hearing improves, so will your confidence. Anger and frustration, often the result of misheard communication, will diminish or even disappear entirely.

Reduce social isolation

Many who struggle with hearing loss simply give up if they can’t hear what’s being said. Asking somebody to repeat themselves too many times is embarrassing for us and irritating to the speaker. Sometimes, it’s easier to opt out of social interaction for this reason. But life doesn’t have to be like that. Improved hearing helps you enjoy every moment to the fullest!

Upgrade your career prospects

While many people assume that hearing loss is the milieu of the elderly, many young people are affected as well. If you are in your prime, untreated hearing loss might limit your career choices, but taking action to improve your hearing will open up new doors of opportunity and will reduce the risk of lost income by upwards of 90 percent.

Improved hearing makes us safer

Safety is something we often take for granted, but if you can’t hear what’s going on around you, you are putting yourself at risk. When you can hear people, vehicles, and even small noises around the house, you can avoid injury and catastrophe – imagine a pipe bursting at home and not hearing it. Imagine the damage it could cause! This scenario is just one example, but it’s illustrative of how better hearing makes us safer.

The best resolution of all: Better hearing equals a better life

As far as new year’s resolutions go, improving your hearing should be at the top of your list. With so much potential to improve your quality of life, you can’t afford to wait another minute. With today’s advanced hearing technology, you will rediscover the joy in every moment.

To take the next step towards better hearing, contact the experts at Allison Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in Houston today.

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Jana Emola-Austin, Au.D.

Raised in Bryan, Texas, Jana completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University before attending the University of North Texas with an ambition to earn her master’s degree in speech pathology. However, a required audiology class soon set her on a new career path. She became enthralled with the subject and says audiology resonated with her because it involved everything she enjoys – helping people to improve their lives and relationships with others and using technology to make positive impacts. Following this revelation, Jana went on to graduate with her Doctor of Audiology degree. After many years of assisting patients in the clinic on a daily basis, Jana’s main responsibilities at Allison Audiology have shifted to a management role. She now works behind the scenes focusing on administrative, management, and marketing responsibilities.