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Favorite Sounds To Listen For

Updated on May 30, 2013

Bells are Ringing

There are millions of people who do not have the privilege of hearing for whatever that reason may be. But, I would like to share with you some of my favorite sounds that perhaps, through reading, those who are deaf will be able to share what I experience.

I love the sound of the morning-from where I live the birds singing in the trees and wires above the houses is the first sound I hear when I wake. Beautiful lyrical twittering and warbling-I may not be able to see them, but I can certainly lie in bed and enjoy a cheerful greeting.

I love the sound of a baby-cooing, crying, or mimicking the sounds adults make, it doesn’t matter-it is music to my ears. The attention that they hold and the motivation to repeat are remarkable.

I love the sound of bells-it doesn’t matter to me where they come from or what the occasion is. Let me give some examples: church bells-high in the bell tower or up in the steeple’s peak, the sound elicits a reverence for God in me. It is a comfort to hear church bells ringing-all is right in the world.

Bells on bikes or bells on ice cream trucks-these are the sounds of summer.

Christmas bells come in the form of the Salvation Army ringing out for all to remember who may not have the Christmas we are enjoying-dig deep and give charitably that is the sound of the Salvation Army bell.

Children love to play instruments

The sound of music is lovely to my ears
The sound of music is lovely to my ears | Source

Other sounds I love

I love the sound of a cold beverage can snapping open on a hot summer’s day-be it a beer or a soda the sound means refreshment.

I love the sound of snow falling in the woods, the soft plop of boughs too heavy to hold it in place any longer, and soft steps on the winter’s path.

I love the sound of children squealing with delight-sledding down a snowy hill in winter; splashing in a pool in summer-children having fun is a joyous sound to me.

I love the sound of music: instruments playing or melodies being hummed; voices singing or lullabies soothing little ones.

I love the sound of firecrackers exploding in the sky-and the oohs and ahs that follow.

I love the sound of a campfire crackling and popping while the lake quietly laps at the shore.

I love the sound of the ocean waves at sunrise when the rest of the world is asleep.

I love the sound of laughter-mine, or another’s, when it is filled with joy and mirth.

I love the sound of chanting-whatever the prayer may be, and whatever the religion, it is the sound of spirit and union.

I love hearing the words: “I love you ”; whether whispered, shouted or just said as a greeting, this also is music to my ears.

Famous Deaf People

Teresa de Caragena-in the 15th century this Spanish nun; religious author; early feminist

Laura C. Redden Searing-19th century journalist & poet; wrote under pen name: Howard Glyndon

Stevie Platt-contemporary author

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Juliet Low-Founder of Girl Scouts of America

Julius Wiggins-Founder of Silent News  a newspaper for the deaf community

Laurent Clerc-Founder of the American School for the Deaf

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Shelley Beattie-professional bodybuilder

Curtis Pride-professional baseball player

Kenny Walker-former professional football player

Terrence Parkin-Olympic Swimmer; won a Silver medal in the 2000 Olympics and 2 gold medals in the Deaflympics in 2005

James 'Deaf' Burke-19th century pro boxer

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Marlee Martin-actress; won an Academy Award in 1987 for Best Actress in: Children of a Lesser God

Linda Bove-actress on Sesame Street, 'Linda the Librarian'

Heather (Whitestone) McCallum-former Miss Alabama; crowned Miss America in 1995

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Sue Thomas-undercover investigator for the FBI

Kelby Brick-Deaf Attorney

Helen Keller-writer, actor, leader

Thomas Edison-(hearing impaired) Inventor

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       5 years ago

      Denise, I love the way you wrote this hub, its about sound but you included those who cannot hear, and its lovely! Even if I have partial hearing, I was able to "hear" the gentle sounds of snow falling through you. On occasion I have had a momentary increase of hearing and have heard the wind and understood my s/o perfectly and its awesome.

      Voted up and beautiful! Have also bookmarked this hub.

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Denise, I made the comment above; my computer keeps on signing me off and I am unaware until I make my comments. Sigh!

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      AnnieRoseVA 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful hub. Thank you for sharing your love of different sounds. It reminds me to pay attention and listen.

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      Vinodkpillai 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      The beautiful mesmerising sounds ringing through this hub transported me.........and also reminded me to be more attentive. Thank you Denise, for a wonderful experience!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      This was really beautiful and I love the way you acknowledged people who are deaf. Thanks for sharing.

      Your grandchildren are so adorable!

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      timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

      You're so right Denise. Hearing and seeing is something most of us take for granted, but being aware of it brings a whole new perspective that we rarely realize.

      I like the sound of gentle rainfall outside my window on a summer evening. I also like the sound of the snow scrunching and squeaking as I walk, on a cold winter's day.

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      Chris Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      My two year old has vision and hearing impairments, sometimes I am in such a hurry that don't take this into consideration. Thanks for the article.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Marie-your comments mean so much to me, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's something I've been 'sitting' with for awhile and wanting to let it brew.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      AnnieRose-so nice to see you again, :) Yes, we all are guilty at some point of being too busy to see or hear. Thanks for your comments.

      Vinodkpillai-how are you, friend? I'm glad to know that the sounds resonated through the written word. Enjoy your week.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Gail-thank you for your comments - and compliments (re: grandkids, LOL) I've had thoughts to write this for some time. It is so lovely here in NC in the morning with the singing birds-it started me thinking about all sorts of sounds that I appreciate.

      Timorous-thank you for stopping by-I love your contribution. I forgot to add that one in-gently rainfall. :)

      CJ-thanks for sharing-I see you have been handed a beautiful gift to cherish. Lucky you. :) Best to you and thanks for your comments.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Things we take for granted. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate the sound of laughter and hearing the words 'I love you.'

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Nice hub. I didn't realize Juliet Low, founder of Girl Scouts was deaf, although I did recognize a few of the names. Voted up and useful.

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      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      The sound of nature is such a wonderful way to start the day.Sometimes I share moments like these with a grand daughter who is hearing impaired through sign.The smile that lights up her face tells me she "hears".

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Very much enjoyed reading this hub. The whole thing read like one big poem. Hugs, Debby

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Dexter-thank you for your comments. We do take things for granted, don't we. I love laughter-my late husband had a GREAT laugh-very infectious.

      Danette-I didn't realize it either-it was quite interesting, really but I didn't add it here. Remind me to tell you about it sometime.

      Silent reed-thanks for commenting. I'm so glad you mentioned 'signing'. I meant to add that here in the hub, but forgot! Enjoy your granddaughter and the gifts she gives as hearing impaired. Brave souls.

      Hi Debby-thanks! Nice to meet you-got your email. Hugs back.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      We really don't appreciate what we have until it's gone sometimes - it really holds true doesn't it?

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      mtsi1098 5 years ago

      Well you just took me to a place where I was reminded of some of life's great little things, thanks for that...I do like the pop that a can makes and I love the last perk from the coffee maker in the mornings...great job

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Beautifully done Denise- it is lovely how you have highlighted that which we take for granted: wonderful collection of evocative sounds. May I add

      The clangour of church bells

      The pitter-patter of rain

      The rustle of silk on skin

      The gentle breathing of a baby

      The smack of a kiss

      The wind through trees... I could go on!

      awesome!

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      quicksand 5 years ago

      Quite apart from the chirping of birds, I like the sound of a cat meowing. Sounds very pleaseant to me. How about you? :)

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Everyone loves the sounds of nature.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Chatkath-thanks for reading and leaving a comment. It is true, unfortunately-I suppose it is human nature to take things for granted.

      mtsi-glad you enjoyed it-thanks for your comments.

      Mohan-Thanks for your feedback and loved your contributions.

      quicksand-thanks for reading. I enjoy the purring of cats and forgot to add that one in.

      Hi Debby, I think you're right-nature touches our soul. Thanks for reading.

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      Mr. Smith 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the reminder of things I too often forget.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You are so welcome, Mr. Smith. My pleasure-thanks for reading.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful and tahnks for sharing.

      Here's to many years of hub sharing.

      I vote up and take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Eiddwen. Thanks so much Eiddwen. And same to you! Take care.

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      andrebreynolds 5 years ago

      Great hub.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Andre-gladd you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a comment. :)

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      aslanlight 5 years ago from England

      A hub to lighten the heart! I love the sound of rain and thunderstorms. We had one last night and the lightning and crashing thunder was exhilarating. Of course I love the gentler sounds of nature too and the other sounds you mentioned.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Aslanlight-thanks for reading and commenting. I too, enjoy hearing the rain-be it a crackling thunder and lightening storm, or the quiet and gentle patter falling on the windowpanes. :)

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      victoria 5 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Lovely hub.Reminds me of my childhood home where there was an abundance of forest to stroll in winter or summer .It was so quiet you could hear your boots crunching the harder snow and twigs.

      Happy Hubbing!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks baygirl-yes, I recall vividly the crunch of the snow. Thanks for sharing your experiences and comments.

      Happy Hubbing to you, too.

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