Thanksgiving is the ideal opportunity to think about all the things we tend to take for granted throughout the year.
And that includes our capacity to hear.
While sight, taste, and smell are at the forefront of our mind during the holiday season, hearing often takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying better attention.
To truly savor the holiday season calls for being fully present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that generally escape our full attention.
The following are five sounds to be mindful of and thankful 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 busy kitchen with food popping and sizzling and timers going off? With a house packed 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 any big news or amusing 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 dinner table carefully.
- Thanksgiving day football – To the dismay of many non-football fans, the NFL has somehow incorporated 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 hard 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 make sure you catch all of the music and activities.
- Holiday movies – Has anybody ever not consumed too much at Thanksgiving dinner? After the heavy tryptophan-filled meal and plenty 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 attentive we are of them, the more we can enjoy the day. It’s part of remaining fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.
Unfortunately, hearing loss can weaken or eliminate several of these sounds. Missing out on worthwhile 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 heighten all five of the above sounds, bringing them into sharpened focus, possibly for the first time in several years.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—arrange your hearing test today!