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New Year's Resolutions for People with Hearing Loss

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“New Year, New You.” This slogan has become synonymous with New Year’s resolutions, and you’ve probably heard it more than once already! It’s estimated that up to 50% of Americans make a resolution at the start of a new year. However, less than 10% actually manage to stick to their resolutions 100%.

A successful resolution is one can easily be incorporated into your day to day life. If you have a hearing impairment, these New Year’s resolutions could be perfect for you!

New Year’s Resolutions for People with Hearing Loss

Over half of the New Year’s resolution made relate to our health and well-being. This year, why not consider a resolution that benefits your well-being, but also gives you the added bonus of learning a new skill?

A hearing impairment can make communication more challenging. These two resolutions can help improve your communication. 

Resolution 1 – Learn to Lipread

A number of skills combine to enable people to lipread. For people with a hearing impairment, lipreading can help plug the gaps when you missed what has been said. By learning which sounds and letters correspond to which mouth-shapes, you’re able to understand more of what is being said to you.

Lipreading can help improve your communication skills. Not only ca it help you fill the gaps of what you’ve not heard, it can help improve your overall confidence when communicating also!

There are a number of online courses that can help you learn to lipread. However, we recommend seeing if there is a class local to you. Not only will learning in a live environment help you ask any questions as they arise, you’ll also meet other people with hearing loss.

For further information on lipreading, see: 

Hearing Loss Association of America Speech Reading (AKA Lip Reading)

Lipreading.org

Resolution 2 – Learn to Sign

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) defines American Sign Language (ASL) as: “a complete, natural language that has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages, with grammar that differs from English.”

ASL is the primary language for many North Americans who are hard of hearing or deaf. It’s also used by many people with normal hearing. ASL uses a one-handed alphabet.

Learning ASL can be a great communication tool to have in your repertoire. It can help you communicate with other people who have difficulty hearing. You can also take it one step further by teaching your family and close friends to sign. This way, they can help you understand conversations in harder-to-hear environments, such as a music concert.

For further information on American Sign Language, see: 

Sign Language 101

National Association of the Deaf – Learning American Sign Language

We’re Here to Help You!

These two resolutions can help improve your communication skills in 2020. However it’s also important to ensure you’re keeping up with your hearing assessments. At Come Hear Hearing Center, our hearing healthcare professionals will be able to test for any changes in your baseline hearing. If you use hearing devices, this will ensure they can be fine tuned to your hearing abilities. Book a hearing assessment today by calling the team on (864) 546-5708. You can also click here to request an appointment online.

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