Sounds we miss the most
A survey in the USA of late deafened people revealed that what they missed the most was the sound of conversation – and therefore, not being able to easily participate in a group. While this is probably true of everyone, there are more subtle sounds that mean something to us, that get an emotional response, that we miss when we can no longer hear them.
One of these for me was the sound of magpies warbling. Now that I can hear them again I think it is a most beautiful sound and reminds me of my grandmother. Another is the sound of autumn leaves crunching underfoot. What a delicious, childhood sound that one is.
Tom told me he couldn’t bear the thought of never hearing his favourite singer, Edith Piaf, again and Fiona said never hearing her children laugh was something she didn’t think she could cope with. David said that not hearing well enough to play the piano was something which caused him grief.
It is lonely when you walk on a beach and can’t hear the waves crash on the sand or when you walk in the bush and can’t hear the susurration of the wind in the trees. You miss so much when you can’t hear these lovely joyous environmental sounds. They take us out of ourselves and help us to think about the world around use instead of always being trapped inside. Depression is a real problem for many deaf people and I think this is in part because we can’t hear so many wonderful sounds in the world around us.
Favourite sounds are funny things and we don’t all like the same sounds. Often sounds we miss the most are tied up with some emotional experience. Our lives are enriched by the sounds we hear around us.
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