Thanksgiving is the ideal occasion to reflect on all the things we usually 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 holidays, hearing often takes a back seat—that is, until we begin paying better attention.
To completely savor the holiday season requires being entirely present, and that includes being alert to all the sounds that in most cases 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 the house, but have you ever paused to indulge in the sounds of a busy kitchen with food popping and sizzling and timers going off? With a house filled with hungry guests, you’re especially not going to want to miss those timers.
- Conversations around the dining table – The holiday season is an opportunity to get everybody together for engaging conversation. You won’t want to miss out on any big news or humorous stories from friends and family you rarely 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 disapproval 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 hard 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 activities.
- Holiday movies – Has anybody ever not eaten too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Following the big tryptophan-filled meal and lots of socializing, it’s nice to unwind, relax, and watch your favorite movies.
Each one 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 part of being fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.
Regretfully, hearing loss can weaken or eliminate several of these sounds. Missing out on worthwhile conversations, or not being able to hear the dialogue in movies, causes stress and anxiousness that should have no part in the holiday celebrations.
That’s why we’re inviting people with hearing loss to give some thought to the use of hearing aids in advance of the holiday season. Hearing aids can heighten all five of the above sounds, bringing them into sharp focus, potentially for the first time in many years.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—schedule your hearing test today!