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A Year of Learning Long Island Sound Completing Our 2018 Goal and Looking to the New Year
Last year, I made a promise and worked diligently to keep it. On the cover of our January 2018 newsletter, I wrote, “This year, I want to extend our positive impact further by providing useful, entertaining, and educational information that can help improve your quality of life in many ways.” I am proud to say that through our monthly print and digital newsletter, weekly emails, free reports and expanded resources on our new website, and continuing with our educational seminars, we have been making information and advice about hearing loss, hearing help, and ways to improve your quality of life more readily available. In addition to this, I recently updated my book, “Better Hearing With or Without Hearing Aids.” It is one matter for us at Hearing Center of Long Island to use our state-of the-art expertise and years of experience to help patients avoid or overcome the social, emotional, and cognitive effects of hearing loss. It is, however, an entirely different endeavor to educate those who are reluctant to seek the help they need. In 2018, we provided resources to help people coping with hearing difficulty in a number of ways. When patients came to see us, even if they did not feel ready to treat their hearing loss, we offered advice and information to help them help themselves, including ways they could
improve their communication ability without hearing aids. (See the first half of my book.) In addition, we offer families the opportunity to hear for themselves how their loved ones with hearing impairment hear. We give them the chance to learn more about how they can make it easier for their loved ones to hear and understand conversation. When we simulate what it sounds like to listen to conversation with the hearing loss their loved ones have, we find that family members are often shocked by the severity of their loved one’s impairment. They frequently apologize for all the times they were so hard on them, and it is usually a moment of understanding. Yet, as a perfectionist, I believe we can always do better. In 2019, we will continue to provide resources to help those with hearing difficulties and their families to learn about the many deleterious effects of hearing loss on quality of life and cognitive function and how these effects can be avoided. While we continue to work toward our 2018 goal, I am also making a personal resolution for 2019. It is a goal I know those with hearing difficulty can understand. In 2019, I want to develop my relationships with family and friends. Having healthy, supportive relationships is
Dr. Larry and the staff at Hearing Center of Long Island wish you a happy and healthy New Year.
something many people with hearing loss struggle with. Even after their hearing loss is treated and their hearing is improved, old habits leading to social isolation sometimes linger. I encourage you to join me as I commit to this goal. It may feel a bit uncomfortable, and you may feel discouraged in some instances, but many scientific studies point to the importance of meaningful relationships for long-term health and happiness — and it is always our goal to see our patients happy. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments about this newsletter or any of our other resources, please let us know. Just contact us by phone at (516) 872-8485, by email at info@ hearingcenterofli.com, or let us know in-person when you come to the office. Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2019.
–Lawrence Cardano, Au.D.
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