I remember meeting a patient when he was a little boy only 3 years old. The Audiologist had just fit him with his first pair of hearing aids. We all walked outside with him and his mom to observe him outside of the office setting. That child's reaction to his first step onto fallen, crunchy leaves is something I will never forget! He stopped abruptly. His eyes got really big, and his smile got even bigger! He delighted in walking on the leaves and listening to the birds and the breeze rustling through the trees. Tears came to our eyes just watching him discover things he had never heard before! That's when I learned about the power of hearing. Hearing aids connect people to their world. I always knew that hearing aids connected family and friends. But I am a nature lover, and I had not thought about missing all the sounds of nature we all take for granted. The crunch of leaves beneath our feet, the sound of birds happily chirping or noisily fussing, the sound of rain and wind, and pond frogs, and countless other nature sounds that we all take for granted each day! That was my first time experiencing a young child's reaction to the sounds of our world, and I will never forget it.