What sounds would you most miss if your hearing was compromised?
Most of us will say it's the voices of family members and friends, and while that's true, we would also not want to go without the sounds that define us as a community and a country.
In our effort to make 2013 the year that Canadians focus on hearing health, we are counting down the Top 10 Most Amazing Sounds in Canada — and we are encouraging all Canadians to add in their favourites to the list.
These sounds range from awe-inspiring to patriotic to mellifluously beautiful. We start with a natural wonder, whose roar has been heard for millennia and whose power is responsible for providing the electricity for millions.
Broken down into a three part blog series here are numbers 10 through 8 in the countdown.
No. 10 Most Amazing Sound in Canada: Niagara Falls
Waterfalls command your attention, in part because you hear them much earlier than you see them. In the case of Niagara Falls, the sound created is nature's equivalent of a lion's roar. A visit to the Falls is a sensory experience. Whether it's the sprinkle of droplets that tickle your skin or the awesome sight of a rainbow that captivates your eyes, Niagara truly is a wonder. Listening to it is just as moving. The natural wonder that separates Canada and the United States produces 4.4 million gigawatts of power each year, more than double the output of the Hoover Dam, and you can hear that energy produced when you stand next to it. Even in winter, the magnificence of the Falls and the powerful sound they produce are a wonder.
No. 9 Most Amazing Sound in Canada: Whales and Orcas on the West Coast
We call it whale watching, but it may as well be whale listening. It's our ears that often pick up the presence of these fascinating mammals a second or so before our eyes clue in. When they surface, whales gush water out of their blowholes, and that is what causes us to look in most cases. The sound of their exhalations is what first gets us excited. With orcas, and other whales that roam the west coast in the waters off of British Columbia, we are treated to the additional sound of a wicked splash when they decide to show off, jumping out of the ocean in view of tour boats.
No. 8 Most Amazing Sound in Canada: Thunder in Saskatchewan
Believe it or not, thunder is one of the world's most amazing sounds — and many people love it. Lightning causes thunder by first heating the air to a temperature that's approximately three times hotter than the sun. As the air cools rapidly, it emits the loud thunder pop, which is one of the most riveting and heart-pounding sounds known to man. In Saskatchewan, the big skies are riveting, especially during a storm, when you can see lightning approaching from far in the distance and listen to the thunder as it rolls close.
While it might be scary, thunder is also one of the unique and most attention-grabbing sounds in the world. You may not want to hear it, but when you do it's hard to think the planet would be the same without it.
To nominate an Amazing Sound of your own, submit your vote on our facebook site at facebook.com/ConnectHearingCanada.
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