March 3rd was World Hearing Day. To raise awareness about the importance of hearing health, Cochlear recently ran a global campaign to find the happiest sound in the world. From Sydney to Sao Paulo and London to Los Angeles people shared their #HappiestSound as videos, photos, recordings and words on social media. Some of you may have seen it; some of you may even have shared your own #HappiestSound.
Champagne corks popping, hearing your new baby’s heartbeat for the first time, a dog barking to welcome you home… these are the sounds that fill people with happiness. They are also the sorts of sounds that everyone deserves to be able to hear.
Hearing loss is often not thought of as a debilitating public health issue and as a result there is often not a lot of awareness. We are looking forward to spreading the word about the importance of hearing
Cochlear Family members took the lead in sharing their #HappiestSound with the world, and the cause was even picked up by celebrities including Professor Graeme Clark, the inventor of the multichannel cochlear implant.
My #HappiestSound is to hear my grandchildren say “Mama” or “Pa” in English, or for their Russian grandmother, “Baba”,
Our search to find the Happiest Sound in the World was a huge success. We’re enormously grateful to everyone who got involved to help raise awareness about the importance of hearing health.
Food obviously makes a lot of people happy whether it’s the sound of coffee brewing, barbecue grilling or popcorn popping. Music brings happiness, whether you are making it or listening to it. Sounds from nature didn’t surprise us and many of you take this further with outdoor sports like horse riding, fishing and golf. Children appeared again and again in the list of happiest sounds, whether they are playing together, indulging in hobbies or looking after their pets.
But there was one clear winner. That’s right, the Happiest Sound in the World is… children laughing!
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