Australia's favourite sounds revealed
A recent survey has provided fascinating insight into the sounds which strike a chord with Australians. The results might not be what you’d expect, with the “city of churches” shying away from the gong of church bells and those in sunny Queensland longing for the crunch of footsteps on fresh snow.
- Waves on the beach
- Rain on a tin roof
- Birds in the morning
- A cat purring
- Distant thunder
- A musical instrument
- Wind chimes
- Children playing
Of those surveyed, Victorians more frequently preferred the sound of coffee brewing, perhaps a nod to Melbourne’s thriving coffee culture. Laughter, sizzling barbecues and popping a champagne cork also outperformed in Victoria compared to the rest of the country.
Queenslanders also rated the sound of wind chimes and children playing higher, while church bells, singing and sport on the radio ranked lower.
Bupa audiologist Jason Scarborough says too many people are missing out on some of the countries most adored sounds, with roughly one in six people experiencing hearing loss. Many are undiagnosed.
“More than half of the patients I see with hearing loss don’t believe they have a problem. They say things like, ‘It’s not me, everybody just mumbles,’ or ‘If only people would speak more clearly.”
Bupa has recently launched new Bupa Hearing clinics in Adelaide, Brisbane and the Gold Coast to add to the six clinics across Melbourne, providing hearing assessments from accredited audiologists. All patients are welcome – you don’t have to be a Bupa member. You can find a list of clinics here.
Mr Scarborough says many people shy away from hearing aids because they don’t understand how discrete and high tech they’ve become.