Let’s give a round of applause to Jenny Kim, Matthew Orgill, and Tyler Koski! These teens from Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, California, won second place in the 2015 Listen Carefully Video Contest!
After winning another video contest last year, Kim was determined to find more opportunities. “Unlike other contests,” she said, “Starkey Hearing Foundation had a clear purpose and goal that we were inspired by and wanted to support.” Koski agreed: “Making a video that promotes teenagers to keep their hearing for a lifetime made the contest even more enticing.”
For Orgill, having a deaf grandmother brought a personal element to the competition. “I know how hard it is to communicate after hearing loss. I was excited to make a difference to help spread awareness.”
Two days of hard work culminated in their short film, “Meaning of Sound,” aimed at highlighting how sound permeates everyday life. “Daily sounds go easily unnoticed and overlooked,” Kim explained. “We wanted to emphasize the importance of having the privilege to hear even the slightest noises in our lives.”
Masterfully executed, their film gradually increased in speed to represent how sounds can become overwhelming and have damaging affects on hearing when not protected. “We chose to show what can be missed should one lose his hearing,” Koski noted.
When they’re not making films, you can find Jenny, Matthew, and Tyler listening to music Fall Out Boy, Imaging Dragons, and Haim. When we asked what sounds they would miss most if they lost their hearing, Kim would miss the sound of her mum saying “Dinner’s ready,” Koski would miss being able to have “thoughtful conversations with other people,” and Orgill would miss “the sound of laughter.” It’s answers like this that remind us how important the message of noise-induced hearing loss is!
This is the second installment in a series featuring the 2015 Listen Carefully video contest winners. Read about the Grand Prize winners here.