I really liked that observation you said, that for each of us due to our lack of vision and hearing, we will perceive things differently. We're not all cut out of the same cloth so to speak. when sighted people ask what it's like to be blind, you can give them a generic response, but for each of us, it's a little bit different.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Quinn" <quinn.family@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 7:52 AM
Subject: [bct] more thoughts on hearing
Talking about this, individual realities for each of us depending on the normalcy of our hearing and vision and what not, brings a few more things to mind. I'm sure we've all been questioned by sighted people, and have been asked such things as, "Aren't you afraid of the dark?" When I had an attack of severe hearing loss once and was terrified beyond anything I've ever experienced, I thought about that and realized, "My God! For us as blind people, the lights are always on." Only when hearing is gone are we plunged into true darkness, and that is a scary thing.
I also wanted to mention that I am constantly in awe of these stereo podcasts, and am so thankful that whatever happens down the road for me, I've had the opportunity to enjoy them. I just can't get over the wonder of the feeling of actually being right there when listening with headphones especially. I think these stereo digital recordings are to a blind person what high definition TV is to a sighted person. Somebody told me that on high definition TV, you can actually see each blade of grass and such. That's the type of high definition picture I get in my mind when listening to these awesome podcasts. So thanks again to everyone who is a part of the wonder that is blindcooltech.