[Ohio-talk] Hearing of Blind People was RE: interesting information

Robert Spangler spangler.robert at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 13:37:45 UTC 2015


I wonder how this works for someone like me who was able to see large print,
colors and such until about age 4 and now just see shapes, shadows and
light?  I would imagine that someone who has always been completely blind
would benefit more from the brain rewiring.  

Wow, my brain has to be super confused!


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From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of James
Fetter via Ohio-talk
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 9:33 AM
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Cc: James Fetter <jtfetter at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Hearing of Blind People was RE: interesting
information

Based on the research that has been done, it appears that those who were
born blind or went blind sufficiently early in life were able to rewire, as
it were, portions of their visual cortex to process sounds. I have no idea
what specific impact this may have on one's ability to hear as such; at
most, I would think that it would allow one to construct a better mental map
of one's surroundings based on sound alone. It may or may not also have
something to do with having perfect pitch; I was born blind and do have
perfect pitch, but I have no idea whether or not this is typical.


On 10/28/2015 9:19 AM, Robert Spangler via Ohio-talk wrote:
> I use that statement because I don't want sighted people thinking 
> that, by some supernatural power, we have this amazing level of 
> hearing.  Sorry to be blunt but people are just that silly.  I really 
> do wonder, though, if our hearing is different due to natural brain
activity.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of 
> Walter Mitchell via Ohio-talk
> Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:31 AM
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> Cc: Walter Mitchell <wmitch at zoomtown.com>
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Hearing of Blind People was RE: interesting 
> information
>
> I feel that your observation is on point. I hear that statement on a 
> regular basis, and I never thought to answer with my hearing is more 
> skilled than their's. The more I think about it, the more sense that
makes.
>
> Much Love,
> Walter
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of 
> Robert Spangler via Ohio-talk
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 10:14 PM
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> Cc: Robert Spangler
> Subject: [Ohio-talk] Hearing of Blind People was RE: interesting 
> information
>
> The article also mentioned that a blind person's ability to hear and 
> other senses I'd imagine as well are actually better due to the brain 
> remapping parts used for vision to those other senses.
>
> I'm not disputing this but I'm tired of sighted people thinking that I 
> have some superman hearing.  I'm sure you've all heard a sentence 
> like, "I've heard that when you're blind...." and you can finish it 
> with "Yeah yeah, our senses are better."
>
> I always explain that my hearing isn't necessarily better; rather, 
> I've been trained to use my hearing along with my other senses instead 
> of using my eyes.  So, of course, they will be better in that case.  
> When we cross streets, we pay more attention to auditory information; 
> thus, our hearing is more skilled than that of a sighted person.
>
> What do you guys think?
>
> Robby
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Walter Mitchell via Ohio-talk
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:19 PM
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> Cc: Walter Mitchell <wmitch at zoomtown.com>
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] interesting information
>
> I totally agree. It was funny to me to realize that people would think 
> that just because people are blind, that they could not recognize the 
> cultural differences people naturally possess. I am not always 
> correct, but I can talk to someone and figure out their ethnicity from 
> their dialect as well use of the English language. Please don't 
> confuse this process with steriotyping, but that is the method that I 
> use. If someone have a better method, please chime in, I'm interested in
knowing.
>
>
> Much Love,
> Walter Mitchell
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of 
> Marianne Denning via Ohio-talk
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 2:58 PM
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> Cc: Marianne Denning
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] interesting information
>
> Walter, I thought the one about race was humorous.  It is so stupid to 
> think that blind people are color blind.
> We are no different than the society that raises us.
> On 10/27/15, Walter Mitchell via Ohio-talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> Hi Marianne,
>>
>> I read the articles and they were interesting. The articles that I 
>> found most interesting and entertaining was the ones about deja vue, 
>> race and the one about the mice detecting there surroundings.
>>
>> Thank you for the link.
>>
>> Much Love,
>> Walter Mitchell
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> Marianne Denning via Ohio-talk
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 8:41 AM
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>> Cc: Marianne Denning
>> Subject: [Ohio-talk] interesting information
>>
>> I thought I would share this article about research on blindness in 
>> all kinds of situations.  I would like to know people's comments.
>>
>> http://listverse.com/2015/10/25/10-fascinating-insights-into-the-worl
>> d
>> -of-bl
>> indness/
>>
>> --
>> Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
>> Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
>> (513) 607-6053
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