Thanksgiving is the optimal opportunity to reflect on all the things we generally take for granted throughout the year.
And that includes our ability to hear.
While sight, smell, and taste are at the front of our mind during the holiday season, hearing oftentimes takes a back seat—that is, until we begin paying greater attention.
To fully enjoy the holiday season necessitates being fully present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that normally escape our full attention.
Below are five sounds to be mindful of and grateful for this Thanksgiving.
- The sound of food sizzling – You can’t match the aroma of roasting turkey filling the house, but have you ever paused to appreciate the sounds of a lively kitchen with food sizzling and popping 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 a chance to get everybody together for engaging conversation. You won’t want to miss any big news or interesting 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 choose your seat at the table carefully.
- Thanksgiving day football – To the dismay of many non-football fans, the NFL has somehow included 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 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 heavy tryptophan-filled meal and plenty of socializing, it’s nice to sit back, relax, and watch your favorite films.
All of these sounds amplify the full Thanksgiving experience, and the more mindful we are of them, the more we can savor the day. It’s part of being fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.
Regretfully, hearing loss can dull or eliminate many of these sounds. Missing out on important conversations, 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 people with hearing loss to consider the use of hearing aids in advance of the holiday season. Hearing aids can augment all five of the preceding sounds, bringing them into sharpened focus, possibly for the first time in years.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—schedule your hearing test today!