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, smell, and taste are at the front of our mind during the holidays, hearing commonly takes a back seat—that is, until we begin paying better attention.
To fully savor the holiday season calls for being fully present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that normally 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 smell of roasting turkey filling up 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 full of hungry guests, you’re specifically not going to want to miss those timers.
- Conversations around the table – The holiday season is a chance to get everybody 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 pick your seat at the dinner table carefully.
- Thanksgiving day football – To the dismay of many non-football fans, the NFL has somehow included 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 a staple of Thanksgiving day. You’ll want to ensure that you catch all of the music and activities.
- Holiday movies – Has anyone ever not consumed too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Following the big tryptophan-filled meal and plenty of socializing, it’s nice to sit back, relax, and watch your favorite movies.
Each one of these sounds amplify the complete Thanksgiving experience, and the more mindful 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 weaken or eliminate several of these sounds. Missing out on interesting conversations, or not being able to hear the conversation in movies, causes 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 in advance of the holiday season. Hearing aids can augment all five of the above sounds, bringing them into sharpened focus, perhaps for the first time in many years.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—schedule your hearing test today!