Thanksgiving is the perfect time 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 throughout the holidays, hearing often takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying greater attention.
To fully savor the holiday season requires being entirely present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that ordinarily escape our full attention.
Below are five sounds to be mindful of and grateful for this Thanksgiving.
- The sound of food sizzling – You can’t beat 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 full of 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 everyone 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 select your seat at the table carefully.
- Thanksgiving day football – To the disapproval 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 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 festivities.
- Holiday movies – Has anybody ever not eaten too much at Thanksgiving dinner? After the big tryptophan-filled meal and plenty of socializing, it’s nice to unwind, relax, and watch your favorite films.
All of these sounds augment the full Thanksgiving experience, and the more mindful we are of them, the more we can savor the day. It’s an important part of being fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.
Regretfully, hearing loss can weaken or eliminate many of these sounds. Missing out on interesting conversations, or not being able to hear the dialogue in movies, brings about stress and anxiety that should have no part in the holiday celebrations.
That’s why we’re urging people with hearing loss to consider the use of hearing aids prior to the holiday season. Hearing aids can augment all five of the above sounds, bringing them into sharpened focus, perhaps for the first time in years.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—arrange your hearing test today!