If I Could Hear Perfectly for Just One Day

If I could hear perfectly 
For just one day,
I’d ask everyone to whisper
Facing away,
Just to experience, for just one day
The exquisite naturalness
Of hearing perfectly.


If I could hear perfectly

For just one hour,

I’d ask someone to call me

From another room

So I could understand, just this once.

The amazing feat

Of hearing through walls.



If I could hear perfectly

For just one minute,

I’d ask the birds to sing

All at once.

Just to be able, for a glorious moment

To tell them apart,

Bird from bird.



While I can only hear perfectly

For just one moment,

From time to time

Still – I throw thanks to the gods

For the infinite gift and exquisite beauty

of Assisted Hearing all of the time.


About Gael Hannan

Gael Hannan is a writer, speaker and advocate on hearing loss issues. In addition to her weekly blog for HearingHealthMatters.org, which has an international following, Gael wrote the acclaimed book "The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss". She is regularly invited to present her uniquely humorous and insightful work to appreciative audiences around the world. Gael has received many awards for her work, which includes advocacy for a more inclusive society for people with hearing loss. She lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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