Canada's Union Hearing Aid Centre has been doing a good job with its surprising, self-targeting ads. In a campaign last year, they had melodious piano music accompanying the
most annoying, high-frequency sound ever -- but you could only hear it if you had good
hearing. Now, the company and DraftFCB Toronto are back, with a print poster in Toronto's
West End that emits that same sound when you walk by. The poster features copy that
purports to test your eyesight, with the font getting smaller on each line. At the end, the
tiny font says that if you got that far, you might have perfect eyesight, but really bad
hearing -- since they couldn't hear ad's semi-sonic frequency. A television spot does a
similar thing, by getting people to test their hearing by pretending to test their eyes, instead.
In previous hearing-related campaigns, Go Outside magazine won the Radio Grand Prix at Cannes last year, for an ad that repelled mosquitoes.