[bct] Re: more thoughts on hearing

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 10:48:50 -0600

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

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.
Jamie D.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pam Quinn" <quinn.family@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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.


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