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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about all the things I’m thankful for this year. Wherever I look, I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunities I’ve been given and the people I’ve had the privilege of having in my life.

Maybe it sounds cheesy, but my patients truly are some of the most wonderful human beings I have ever met. These are people who have decided to take on something difficult. To do the work to restore their ability to communicate with the people they care about.

They have taken responsibility for their lives and their relationships. Creating a ripple of positive changes throughout their own lives and the lives of those they love. Without their trust and strength of spirit, I simply wouldn’t be able to do my life’s work. It’s impossible to overstate how the gift each and every one of who have come into my office have given me over the years.

Of course, I’m also grateful that hearing aid technology is where it is today.

The devices were impressive even when I started seeing patients 10 years ago. But nothing like the high-tech, feature-rich designs of today. With better options for treatment comes better results. Background noise reduction makes loud restaurants tolerable. Bluetooth makes it possible to use the phone again. There are so many innovations that have come, and continue to arrive.

That truly change lives every day.

And I couldn’t make a hokey Thanksgiving post without shouting out my husband Phil. This year for the holiday, we’re skipping the cooking and renting out this beautiful brownstone in Beacon Hill. He hasn’t told me where we’re going for dinner yet, but with his taste, it’s sure to be incredible.

Here’s hoping that this Thursday, you too find yourself surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones, empowered to communicate and share the full breadth of your experience together.

Thank you to all of my readers, wherever you are, and a happy Thanksgiving!