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Family gathered around the table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to think about all the things we typically 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 throughout the holidays, hearing generally takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying greater attention.

To truly enjoy the holiday season necessitates being entirely present, and that includes being alert to all the sounds that in most cases 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 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.
  2. Conversations around the dining table – The holiday season is an opportunity to bring everyone together for stimulating conversation. You won’t want to miss 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 pick your seat at the table carefully.
  3. 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.
  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 big tryptophan-filled feast and lots of socializing, it’s nice to sit back, relax, and watch your favorite movies.

Each one of these sounds enhance the full Thanksgiving experience, and the more mindful we are of them, the more we can savor the day. It’s part of being fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.

Regrettably, hearing loss can weaken or eliminate many 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 inviting those with hearing loss to give some thought to the use of hearing aids prior to the holiday season. Hearing aids can boost all five of the preceding sounds, bringing them into sharpened focus, perhaps for the first time in a long time.

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