Family gathered around the table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the optimal occasion to think about all the things we typically 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 holiday season, hearing commonly takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying better attention.

To fully savor the holiday season calls for being fully present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that in general escape our full attention.

Below are five sounds to be mindful of and grateful for this Thanksgiving.

  1. The sound of a busy kitchen – You can’t beat the smell of roasting turkey filling up the house, but have you ever paused to indulge in the sounds of a busy kitchen with food sizzling and popping and timers going off? With a house packed with hungry guests, you’re specifically not going to want to miss those timers.
  2. Conversations around the table – The holiday season is an opportunity to get everybody together for stimulating conversation. You won’t want to miss out on any big news or interesting 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 choose your seat at the table carefully.
  3. Thanksgiving day football – To the discouragement 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 an essential of Thanksgiving day. You’ll want to make sure you catch all of the music and activities.
  5. Holiday movies – Has anyone ever not eaten too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Following the heavy tryptophan-filled meal and lots of socializing, it’s nice to unwind, relax, and watch your favorite movies.

Each one of these sounds add to the full 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 interesting 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 amplify all five of the above sounds, bringing them into sharp focus, possibly for the first time in years.

It’s time to take back your holiday season—book your hearing test today!