You have this somewhat informal idiom: "a sight for sore eyes":

: a person or thing that you are very glad to see
- After being away from home for so long, my friends and family were a sight for sore eyes.

(Merriam-Webster Learner's)

There are examples which don't involve human beings. Possibly used more often with people, but sometimes used to describe something beautiful and heart-warming, as in a scenery or with nature.

Is there an equivalent or similar idiom for sounds? As in related to the feeling of hearing voice of those people you were away from, the sound of a long forgotten engine, or sounds in nature?

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    "Music to my ears".
    – Catija
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 23:22

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The phrase you're looking for is

Music to my ears.

a welcome sound to someone; news that someone is pleased to hear.

A: Here's your paycheck for this month. B: Ah, that's music to my ears!

You could also say something like:

Being back at home and hearing the children laughing was music to my ears.

The purring of my Mustang's engine was music to my ears.

I went camping for the first time in years and hearing the sounds of the forest was music to my ears.

You can also turn it into a simile by adding like.

It was like music to my ears.

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