Family gathered around the table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the optimal occasion to think about all the things we have the tendency to 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 holiday season, hearing generally takes a back seat—that is, until we begin paying greater attention.

To completely enjoy the holiday season requires being fully present, and that includes being alert to all the sounds that most of the time 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 indulge in the sounds of a lively kitchen with food sizzling and popping and timers going off? With a house filled with hungry guests, you’re especially not going to want to miss those timers.
  2. Conversations around the table – The holiday season is an opportunity to get everyone together for engaging conversation. You won’t want to miss out on any big news or amusing 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 select your seat at the dinner table carefully.
  3. Thanksgiving day football – To the dismay of many non-football fans, the NFL has somehow incorporated 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.
  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 make sure 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 feast and lots of socializing, it’s nice to sit back, relax, and watch your favorite films.

Each of these sounds amplify the full Thanksgiving experience, and the more attentive we are of them, the more we can enjoy the day. It’s part of staying fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.

Regrettably, hearing loss can dull or eliminate several of these sounds. Missing out on worthwhile conversations, or not being able to hear the conversation in movies, causes stress and anxiousness 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 ahead of the holiday season. Hearing aids can boost all five of the preceding sounds, bringing them into sharp focus, possibly for the first time in several years.

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