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Family gathered around the table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to reflect on all the things we tend to 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 during the holidays, hearing commonly takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying better attention.

To thoroughly enjoy the holiday season necessitates being entirely 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.

  1. 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 filled with hungry guests, you’re specifically not going to want to miss those timers.
  2. Conversations around the dining table – The holiday season is an opportunity to bring everybody together for stimulating conversation. You won’t want to miss out on any big news or interesting stories from the family members 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.
  3. 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 difficult to match in intensity.
  4. 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.
  5. Holiday movies – Has anybody ever not eaten too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Following the heavy tryptophan-filled meal and lots of socializing, it’s nice to sit back, relax, and watch your favorite films.

All of these sounds augment the complete Thanksgiving experience, and the more attentive we are of them, the more we can savor the day. It’s an important part of staying fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.

Unfortunately, hearing loss can dull or eliminate several of these sounds. Missing out on important 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 encouraging people with hearing loss to give consideration to 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!