Resolving To Make 2018 Great? Hearing Expert Says It’s Not Too Late

From quitting cigarettes to living life out loud, local hearing care specialist and resident of Mountain Top, Dr. Jill Knecht of Family Hearing Center says it’s not too late to kick off the new year with healthy resolutions in tow.

“It’s still early, and 2018 brings with it the promise of the best year yet,” says Knecht, who offers a better-hearing twist to five popular New Year’s resolutions:

Get Fit — It’s no secret that obesity can raise the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems, but it’s also linked to hearing impairment. Resolving to get even healthier and more fit in 2018 helps reduce the risk of excess weight, a problem that can tax your hearing and impact overall wellness.

Ditch Tobacco — Smoking, the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the U. S. and the culprit behind most lung cancer cases, can also increase the chances of developing a hearing impairment. Resolving to quit smoking and live tobacco-free puts you ahead of the pack for your hearing, your lungs, your heart, and your general good health.

Try Something New — Trouble hearing telephone conversations? You may qualify for a captioning telephone, a landline phone that shows the spoken words of the person you’re talking to. It’s free if a qualified hearing care professional certifies your hearing loss and need for the phone, and it works with hearing aids. All you need is a standard phone line and an internet connection.

Maximize Your Money — Don’t let hearing difficulties come between you and your money. Untreated hearing impairment can reduce annual household earnings by as much as $30,000, according to a study by the Better Hearing Institute, but using hearing aids can curb the chance of income loss by up to 100 percent — depending on the degree of impairment.

Live to the Fullest — Hearing technology changes lives. A majority of hearing aid users in a study by the National Council on Aging credited treatment for better relationships at home, and half or nearly half reported improvement in feelings about themselves and improvement in life overall. Just another reminder of how keeping your hearing at its best can help you live your best.

About Family Hearing Center — Family Hearing Center, a full-service audiology practice, has proudly helped the Mountain Top community hear better since 1967. With locations in Dallas and Kingston, our licensed audiologists have helped thousands of patients with their hearing and tinnitus, and offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and expert fitting of hearing technology. Learn more at