Much of the richness of life is absorbed through the ear. And much of the clash and chaos too. From a mother's lullaby to the drumroll of thunder from an approaching storm to the cacophony of car horns in a traffic jam, the sounds of our lives help define our lives.
You don't realize how powerful sounds can be until they are gone. I was listening to the radio for once and the local PBS station was playing an opera and it was good but I was really irritable until the news came on and then changed to some chamber music, I became all relaxed. It was quite profound.
During a blackout all the little sounds, a computer fan buzz there, a refrigerator compressor chugging there, a humming transformer somewhere else, go away, and then a quiet house goes silent and it is amazing the difference.
I don't think I'll miss the whine of computer fans if they ever go away, or the swish of a dishwasher without insulation but I think I would miss this if when it goes away.