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How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution that you couldn’t keep? The first days of a new year are a testing ground for our discipline, commitment, and willpower. Perhaps you pledged to exercise more regularly. The first week or two of 2019 might feel easy, but as the weeks go by with winter weather, work demands, and exhaustion, we might be tempted to go back on the promises we make to ourselves. Maybe your resolution had to do with healthy eating. Avoiding the snack cabinet or cookie jar might be easy for a short time, but abstaining from junk food seems to get harder with time. Other New Year’s Resolutions are more abstract. Committing to express more kindness to your immediate family members is hard to quantify. The first time we find ourselves being short with them might feel like a failure of the entire New Year’s intention.
Why Are Resolutions Hard to Keep?
The trouble with New Year’s resolutions is that we set ourselves up for failure. By committing to an immediate life change without the flexibility to respond organically to our environments, experiences, and desires, we can become bogged down by the pressure. Asking yourself to follow-through flawlessly with any commitment is a tall order. Sometimes the very possibility of failure can loom large in the future, and some of us have a tendency to obsess over the possibility of messing up so much that it becomes an inevitability. Life changes don’t happen over night with the changing calendar from 2018 to 2019, so we are really setting ourselves up for frustration and disappointment with lofty goals and stern resolutions.
Make A Resolution You Can Keep
Rather than setting yourself up for failure in 2019, why not make a resolution that you can easily keep? Perhaps the last year included some difficult situations with faulty or strained hearing. Looking back on those past frustrations might be one of the things you’d like to leave behind in the old year. Going to a family event and having trouble catching everything that people say at the dinner table might stick in your mind as a regretful experience last year. You might recall attending a party that left you feeling anxious and unsure how to connect due to your struggle to hearing what others were saying. Maybe you had a strained encounter at a local shop where you had a question but couldn’t understand the answer. Remembering how you felt in moments you weren’t able to clearly hear might be a dark mark on 2018, and the feelings of awkwardness, strain, and sheepishness can carry over into other parts of life, as well.
Schedule A Hearing Test
The way to resolve these negative aspects of the past begins with a simple task: scheduling a hearing test. This simple step does not put you at risk of setting yourself up for failure. Though you may feel some resistance or anxiety at the prospect, the task itself is very simple. All you need to do is call your hearing health professional and make an appointment. Once you have an appointment, you will need to follow through and take the hearing test. The exam itself is painless, easy, and quick. You will simply be asked to indicate if you hear a tone, and the examiner will use this information to determine if you have hearing loss, how severe it is, and what course of treatment is right for you. The hearing specialist may recommend hearing aids or other assistive technology customized to your particular hearing profile and the environments in which you would like to be able to hear more easily.
South Shore Hearing Center
Rather than setting resolutions that stare you down and require a total lifestyle change overnight, why not resolve to take the test? The process is so simple, and you’ll feel incredible achievement at having followed through on your New Year’s resolution. After the hearing test, the rest of 2019 will be greatly improved by hearing assistance, if that is the right course of action, and you can look back on this year as a time in which you did what was necessary to take care of yourself and your wellbeing. Call us today at South Shore Hearing Center, and enjoy healthy hearing in 2019!