Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to reflect on all the things we normally take for granted throughout the year.
And that includes our capacity to hear.
While sight, taste, and smell are at the front of our mind during the holidays, hearing oftentimes takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying greater attention.
To completely savor the holiday season calls for being fully present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that generally escape our full attention.
Here are five sounds to be mindful of and grateful for this Thanksgiving.
- The sound of a busy kitchen – You can’t match the smell of roasting turkey filling 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 packed with hungry guests, you’re specifically not going to want to miss those timers.
- Conversations around the dining table – The holiday season is an opportunity to bring everyone together for stimulating 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 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 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 ensure that you catch all of the music and festivities.
- Holiday movies – Has anyone 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 movies.
Each one of these sounds enhance 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 staying fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.
Unfortunately, hearing loss can weaken or eliminate many of these sounds. Missing out on interesting 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 urging those with hearing loss to give consideration to the use of hearing aids ahead of the holiday season. Hearing aids can augment all five of the above sounds, bringing them into sharpened focus, possibly for the first time in a long time.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—schedule your hearing test today!