Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to think about all the things we generally take for granted throughout the year.
And that includes our ability to hear.
While sight, taste, and smell are at the forefront of our mind during the holiday season, hearing commonly takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying better attention.
To truly savor the holiday season requires being entirely present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that frequently escape our full attention.
Below are five sounds to be mindful of and grateful for this Thanksgiving.
- The sound of a busy kitchen – You can’t match the aroma of roasting turkey filling up the house, but have you ever paused to appreciate the sounds of a lively kitchen with food popping and sizzling and timers going off? With a house filled with hungry guests, you’re specifically not going to want to miss those timers.
- Conversations around the dining table – The holiday season is a chance to get everyone together for engaging conversation. You won’t want to miss out on any big news or amusing stories from the family members you hardly get to see. And as for those you’d rather not hear from, you’ll just have to select your seat at the table carefully.
- Thanksgiving day football – To the discouragement of many non-football fans, the NFL has somehow integrated itself into the holiday tradition. But for the sports fans in the family, the sounds of the crowd, the big hits, and the eruption after a touchdown are difficult to match in intensity.
- Thanksgiving day parades – The sound of marching bands and cheering crowds in the background is a staple of Thanksgiving day. You’ll want to ensure that you catch all of the music and festivities.
- Holiday movies – Has anyone ever not consumed too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Following the big tryptophan-filled meal and lots of socializing, it’s nice to sit back, relax, and watch your favorite films.
All of these sounds enhance the full Thanksgiving experience, and the more attentive we are of them, the more we can enjoy the day. It’s part of being fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.
Regrettably, hearing loss can dull or eliminate many of these sounds. Missing out on important discussions, or not being able to hear the conversation in movies, creates stress and anxiety that should have no part in the holiday celebrations.
That’s why we’re inviting those with hearing loss to give consideration to the use of hearing aids prior to the holiday season. Hearing aids can augment all five of the preceding sounds, bringing them into sharp focus, possibly for the first time in many years.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—schedule your hearing test today!