Sunday Inspiration: Hearing Hands

‘Tis the season to respect and love our fellow human beings and to hear inspiring stories of kindness and compassion. Right? As opposed to what we’re hearing from some politicians.

This story reminded me of my travels to Turkey with a Muslim group that promotes interfaith respect and cooperation. We had Orthodox Jews, a Catholic priest, and people of every possible Christian denomination with us. The Turkish people welcomed us into their homes and shared their lives and faith with us. It was an outstanding experience.

This is a story about a young hearing impaired man who lives in Istanbul, Turkey, a truly gorgeous city. His friends and neighbors realized how lonely and frustrating it must be to be hearing impaired in the middle of a world of people who can hear.

So they got together with the help of Samsung and took a month of sign language lessons, and then Samsung secretly videoed a morning walk where people were — to his surprise — suddenly communicating with him. Yes, Candid Camera all over again. And his response is priceless. And yes, it is a commercial for Samsung, isn’t it? But just think what an amazing world it would be if every business, every commercial enterprise, dedicated itself to helping those who could most benefit from it? Can your imagination stretch that far? Let’s make sure it does.

Please watch this brief Hearing Hands video and be filled with the holiday spirit.


  1. carol greenough on December 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this trough my tears. I have a sister who has Samsung material with which to communicate. This video helped me to understand how much it means to her as she is able to communicate better. Words with pictures make a difference.

  2. Janet on December 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing this video. I am mildly hearing impaired and don’t know what the future holds, so I especially enjoyed seeing this.

  3. Jean Kernen on December 14, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for that .
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones

  4. Marsha Markham on December 14, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I viewed this clip several weeks ago and found it very inspiring. What a neat thing to do for someone so they are included instead of ignored!

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