I feel a bit odd telling people that blind people don't have super senses,
like the common stereotype says, and then turn around and have to try to
explain object perception.
For those of you who might not have heard of object perception, the best way I can explain is that some people can hear shadows of objects and people around them in varying degrees of acuteness. I guess that's the word. I've never heard sighted people talk about this experience, although I'm sure some people must have it and just attribute it to danger or something. But it's very hard to explainand in explaining it I feel like I'm contradicting everything I just finished saying about super senses. lol
I've heard of some blind people not having this and am kind of curious if a minority do have it or if the minority don't have it and what could cause it. I've tried to do research on it but haven't found a lot except really technical reports by audiologists that I don't understand.
Just my thoughts.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 10:48
Subject: [bct] Re: more thoughts on hearing
I have often wondered about how much or little people think before they ask certain questions. Not long ago, I got it again. "What can you hear that I don't hear?" A bit too much scotch perhaps. How do I really know what someone else is hearing. However, there is a research project at the University of Wisconsin that looks at a person's very sophisticated hearing tests and then tries to replicate what they might hear in a given situation. So, you can actually put on headphones and hear what someone else might hear in a given situation. It's fascinating. I often have to stop and realize how lucky I have been to be able to work at Trace and consult with other researchers here. There is a lot to learn out there.
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of M. Dimitt Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 10:42 AM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: more thoughts on hearing
Pam: 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
all cut out of the same cloth so to speak. when sighted people ask what
like to be blind, you can give them a generic response, but for each of
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.