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In 2021, the top New Year’s Resolutions for Americans were to exercise more and eat healthier. What if we narrow the topic to hearing loss? What would your resolution be for 2022?

Volta Voices reached out to the AG Bell community to ask this question. Here are some responses:

Hearing Technology

Many of us adults with hearing loss tend to get complacent when it comes to our hearing technology, whether it’s maintenance or maximizing the benefits. Being in the middle of a pandemic certainly hasn’t helped. Stacey Carroll, a nurse practitioner in Worcester, Massachusetts, was overdue for a cochlear implant (CI) map prior to COVID and has yet to have one. So her resolution is to make it happen.

Similarly, Chris Lehfeldt, a dentist in Rochester, New York, would like to upgrade his CI processor software with his audiologist.

Others want to challenge themselves to improve. Peter Steyger, director of the Translational Hearing Center at Creighton University, says his resolution is “to continue to become more aware of the great variety of sounds (timbre/pitch/accent, etc.) in music and noise.” His latest discovery was the pinging of an open soda can. This sound was completely new to him, even after 15 years of having a CI.

Michael Hood from Batesville, Indiana, is of like mind. He wants to optimize his systems, processes, routines, and environments to set himself up to win in his priorities and goals.

New Skills

Going with the theme of “it’s never too late to learn or improve,” Raymond Goldsworthy, associate professor of research otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, USC wants to try adding a new skill to his repertoire – singing. He’s never been able to sing in tune, even prior to hearing loss. Now after 34 years of CI use, he has zero confidence in his ability to sing in tune. One of his students is leading a singing study with CI users. He is inspired by the participants to work on his vocal range and accuracy.

Connections and Support

One thing many have struggled with during the pandemic is connection. And if you’re a parent of a child with hearing loss, this is even more important. Pittsburgh-based teacher Stephanie Paolucci’s third grade daughter Lucie found out just before COVID began that she’s deaf in one ear. Paolucci’s resolution is to connect with other parents of kids with hearing loss. AG Bell’s state chapters could be a big help with that.

Carrie Jackiewicz, a teacher at Child’s Voice, wants to continue to support and educate parents. Her school is creating Google classrooms to focus on a variety of topics for parents to access on their own time, but that human connection is still so important.

Ensuring Success

Have any of these resolutions given you ideas for your own? While you ponder how to make 2022 the best yet, make sure your goals are SMART. This acronym, explains the New York Times, helps with setting resolutions. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. In other words, have a clear, measurable, achievable, meaningful resolution, with a realistic timeline. The more doable and meaningful, the more likely you will be to keep it.

Good luck, and Happy New Year!

Propósitos de Año Nuevo

En 2021, los principales propósitos de Año Nuevo de los estadounidenses fueron hacer más ejercicio y comer de una manera más sana. ¿Y si nos centramos en el tema de la pérdida auditiva? ¿Cuál sería su propósito para 2022?

Volta Voices se ha puesto en contacto con la comunidad de AG Bell para formular esta pregunta. Estas son algunas respuestas:

Tecnología auditiva

Muchos de nosotros, adultos con pérdida auditiva, tendemos a conformarnos cuando se trata de nuestra tecnología auditiva, ya sea en el mantenimiento o en la maximización de los beneficios. Lo cierto es que vivir en medio de una pandemia no ayuda mucho. A Stacey Carroll, una enfermera practicante de Worcester, Massachusetts, se le debía realizar un mapeo de implante coclear (IC) antes de la COVID y todavía sigue a la espera. Por lo tanto, su propósito es lograr que suceda.

Del mismo modo, a Chris Lehfeldt, un dentista de Rochester, Nueva York, le gustaría actualizar el software del procesador de su IC con su audiólogo.

Otras personas desean proponerse objetivos para mejorar. Peter Steyger, director del Translational Hearing Center, asegura que su propósito es «seguir adquiriendo más conciencia de la gran variedad de sonidos (timbre/trono/acento, etc.) que existen en la música y el ruido». Su último descubrimiento ha sido el sonido metálico de una lata de refresco cuando se abre. Este sonido fue una completa novedad, incluso después de 15 años de utilizar un IC.

Michael Hood, que reside en Batesville, Indiana, piensa lo mismo. Desea optimizar sus sistemas, procesos, rutinas y entornos como preparativo para lograr sus prioridades y objetivos.

Nuevas habilidades

Siguiendo la consigna de «nunca es demasiado tarde para aprender o mejorar», Raymond Goldsworthy, profesor agregado de investigación en otorrinolaringología-cirugía de cabeza y cuello, USC, se propone añadir una nueva habilidad a su repertorio: cantar mejor. Nunca ha podido cantar con afinación, ni siquiera antes de la pérdida auditiva. Actualmente, después de 34 años de utilizar IC, no confía en sus habilidades de cantar con afinación. Uno de sus alumnos dirige un estudio de canto con usuarios de IC. Los participantes le inspiran para trabajar en su propio rango vocal y precisión.

Conexiones y apoyo

Una de las cosas que muchas personas han encontrado difíciles durante la pandemia es la conexión. Cuando se tiene un hijo con pérdida auditiva, es aún más importante. Lucie, que estudia tercer curso y es hija de la maestra Stephanie Paolucci, con sede en Pittsburgh, se enteró justo antes del comienzo de la COVID que tiene sordera en un oído. El propósito de la Sra. Paolucci es establecer una conexión con otros padres de niños con pérdida auditiva.

Carrie Jackiewicz, que es maestra de Child’s Voice, desea continuar ofreciendo apoyo y formación a los padres. En su escuela se está creando aulas de Google para centrarse en una variedad de temas a los que los padres podrán acceder a su conveniencia, pero esta conexión humana sigue siendo muy importante.

Garantizar el éxito

¿Alguno de estos propósitos le ha servido para hacerse los suyos propios? Mientras reflexiona sobre cómo conseguir que 2022 sea el mejor año posible, se debe asegurar de que sus objetivos sean SMART (INTELIGENTES). Este acrónimo, según se explica en el New York Times, sirve de ayuda para establecerse propósitos. En inglés, el acrónimo significa específico, medible, realizable, relevante y en un plazo determinado. En otras palabras, se debe tener un propósito claro, medible, realizable, significativo y con un cronograma realista. Cuanto más factible y significativo sea, más probable será mantenerlo.

¡Buena suerte y Feliz Año Nuevo!

 

 

 

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