Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to reflect on all the things we tend to take for granted throughout the year.
And that includes our capacity to hear.
While sight, taste, and smell are at the forefront of our mind throughout the holidays, hearing generally takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying greater attention.
To thoroughly enjoy the holiday season requires being fully present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that typically escape our full attention.
The following are five sounds to be mindful of and thankful for this Thanksgiving.
- The sound of a busy kitchen – You can’t beat the aroma of roasting turkey filling up the house, but have you ever paused to indulge in the sounds of a busy kitchen with food popping and sizzling and timers going off? With a house full of hungry guests, you’re especially not going to want to miss those timers.
- Conversations around the table – The holiday season is an opportunity to bring everybody together for engaging conversation. You won’t want to miss out on any big news or humorous stories from friends and family you rarely get to see. And as for those you’d rather not hear from, you’ll just have to pick 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 traditions. But for the sports fans in the family, the sounds of the crowd, the big hits, and the eruption after a touchdown are hard 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 anybody ever not consumed too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Following the heavy tryptophan-filled feast and lots of socializing, it’s nice to unwind, relax, and watch your favorite movies.
Each of these sounds enhance the complete Thanksgiving experience, and the more attentive we are of them, the more we can enjoy the day. It’s an important part of remaining fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.
Unfortunately, hearing loss can dull or eliminate many of these sounds. Missing out on interesting conversations, or not being able to hear the dialogue in movies, brings about stress and anxiety that should have no part in the holiday celebrations.
That’s why we’re inviting people with hearing loss to give consideration to the use of hearing aids prior to the holiday season. Hearing aids can enhance all five of the preceding sounds, bringing them into sharp focus, possibly for the first time in several years.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—book your hearing test today!