With the beginning of a new year, many people set goals and think about what they want to accomplish. However, by mid-January, many of those resolutions have already been broken.
May I suggest that instead of hard to attain resolutions, you consider what matters most in your life. For me, it is my family. Some of you know that my father passed away in November of 2015. I realized very quickly that things don't always work out the way you hope, and that time with loved ones is precious.
What does this have to do with hearing? Hearing is how we connect with our loved ones. Hearing allows us to understand the nuances of language, not just the words, spoken, but the emotions behind them. Our hearing and communicating with our loved ones is what keeps us connected as friends and family. It is also the root of keeping our brains healthy. In the final days with my dad, I had the privilege of calling him and recording his recollections and life story. It is something that I will always treasure.
Ask yourself how you can improve and enhance your relationships with loved ones in the coming year. If hearing loss is becoming an issue, don't put it off. Relationships can suffer when a loved one feels ignored or misunderstood. If this is happening, and there is a reasonable solution...it's time to do something about it.