Why We Love Hearing

23 Sep 2016

Consider all the sounds that you might hear in a single day. From the screech of your alarm in the morning to the tiny crackle of the radio or the sound of a loved one laughing, hearing is easily one of our most valuable senses.

Hearing is paramount in communication. We take cues from things as simple as the tone, speed and inflection of a person’s voice. Hearing enables us to stay connected to the outside world, even keeping us safe from danger by catching the blare of an alarm. Hearing keeps us connected to those around us, allowing us to seek enjoyment from things such as music and poetry.

Helen Keller, a blind and deaf author, wrote that “to be deaf is a greater affliction than to be blind. Hearing is the soul of knowledge and information of a high order. To be cut off from hearing is to be isolated indeed… Blindness cuts you off from things. But deafness cuts you off from people.”

Hearing can tell us a great deal about the world, whether or not we are listening. A roll of thunder, or the rush of an incoming breeze – these are things we often don’t consider when we experience them, but they’re profound, and they’re important.

All too often, hearing is something we don’t think much until we begin to lose it. It’s something many of us take for granted, which is why it’s incredibly important to appreciate its worth; to listen to the music that we love, and to enjoy the warmth of familiar voices. We love hearing, and so should you!