Thanksgiving is the ideal occasion to think about all the things we typically take for granted throughout the year.
And that includes our ability to hear.
While sight, taste, and smell are at the front of our mind throughout the holiday season, hearing often takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying greater attention.
To thoroughly enjoy the holiday season requires being entirely present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that most of the time escape our full attention.
Here are five sounds to be mindful of and thankful for this Thanksgiving.
- The sound of a busy kitchen – You can’t match the aroma of roasting turkey filling the house, but have you ever paused to appreciate the sounds of a busy kitchen with food sizzling and popping 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 everybody together for stimulating conversation. You won’t want to miss out on any big news or humorous 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 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 tough to match in intensity.
- Thanksgiving day parades – The sound of marching bands and cheering 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 anyone ever not consumed too much at Thanksgiving dinner? After the big tryptophan-filled meal and lots of socializing, it’s nice to unwind, relax, and watch your favorite films.
Each of these sounds augment the complete Thanksgiving experience, and the more mindful 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.
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, brings about stress and anxiousness that should have no part in the holiday celebrations.
That’s why we’re urging those with hearing loss to consider the use of hearing aids ahead of the holiday season. Hearing aids can optimize all five of the preceding sounds, bringing them into sharp focus, perhaps for the first time in many years.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—schedule your hearing test today!