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Family gathered around the table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the optimal occasion to reflect on all the things we normally take for granted throughout the year.

And that includes our capacity to hear.

While sight, taste, and smell are at the front of our mind during the holiday season, hearing oftentimes takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying better attention.

To fully enjoy the holiday season calls for 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.

  1. The sound of a busy kitchen – You can’t beat 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 packed 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 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 pick your seat at the table carefully.
  3. Thanksgiving day football – To the discouragement 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.
  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 activities.
  5. Holiday movies – Has anybody ever not consumed too much at Thanksgiving dinner? After the big tryptophan-filled meal and lots of socializing, it’s nice to unwind, relax, and watch your favorite movies.

Each one 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 remaining fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.

Regrettably, hearing loss can dull or eliminate several of these sounds. Missing out on worthwhile discussions, 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 inviting those with hearing loss to give some thought to the use of hearing aids prior to the holiday season. Hearing aids can augment all five of the above sounds, bringing them into sharp focus, potentially for the first time in years.

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