Thanksgiving is the ideal time to think about all the things we typically take for granted throughout the year.
And that includes our ability to hear.
While sight, smell, and taste are at the forefront of our mind throughout the holidays, hearing commonly takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying greater attention.
To completely enjoy the holiday season requires being fully present, and that includes being alert to all the sounds that in most cases escape our full attention.
The following 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 busy kitchen with food popping and sizzling and timers going off? With a house full of 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 pick your seat at the table carefully.
- Thanksgiving day football – To the discouragement of many non-football fans, the NFL has somehow incorporated 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 tough to match in intensity.
- Thanksgiving day parades – The sound of marching bands and applauding crowds in the background is an essential of Thanksgiving day. You’ll want to make sure you catch all of the music and festivities.
- Holiday movies – Has anybody ever not consumed too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Following the big tryptophan-filled feast and lots of socializing, it’s nice to unwind, relax, and watch your favorite movies.
All of these sounds amplify the complete Thanksgiving experience, and the more attentive we are of them, the more we can savor the day. It’s an important part of remaining fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.
Regrettably, hearing loss can dull or eliminate several of these sounds. Missing out on worthwhile conversations, or not being able to hear the conversation in movies, causes stress and anxiousness that should have no part in the holiday celebrations.
That’s why we’re inviting those with hearing loss to consider the use of hearing aids prior to the holiday season. Hearing aids can enhance all five of the preceding sounds, bringing them into sharpened focus, potentially for the first time in several years.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—book your hearing test today!