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

Rachel Kuntz rachelrkuntz at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 16:40:17 UTC 2015


It's interesting to me that people can believe that we have super hearing while simultaneously believing they need to speak very loudly to the blind. 

Warmly,
Rachel Kuntz

> On Oct 28, 2015, at 9:41 AM, James Fetter via Ohio-talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> Having never heard through a sighted person's ears or, to be more accurate, processed sounds through a sighted person's brain, I am not even sure how it works in my case. And, believe me, my brain is confused all the time, though that has more to do with being a first year law student than any issue of rewiring.
> 
> 
>> On 10/28/2015 9:37 AM, Robert Spangler via Ohio-talk wrote:
>> 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!
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> 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
>> To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
>> 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
>>> To: 'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'
>>> <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
>>> 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
>>> To: 'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'
>>> 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-----
>>> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
>>> Walter Mitchell via Ohio-talk
>>> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:19 PM
>>> To: 'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'
>>> <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
>>> 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
>>> To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
>>> 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-----
>>>> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
>>>> Marianne Denning via Ohio-talk
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 8:41 AM
>>>> To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
>>>> 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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