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

Walter Mitchell wmitch at zoomtown.com
Wed Oct 28 18:23:21 UTC 2015


I also lost my sight. I have been totally blind for 10 years now. I believe
that everyone have the listening capacity that we have in a normal
situation. I really had no idea just how much we utilize sight until I lost
it, for things as balance and gathering of navigation information. Some of
the things are apparent, but now that sight is gone, my hearing has taken
over for the lost of sight in a way that I never would have guest. Some of
the advancement of my hearing happened naturally, but the more I utilize
this aspect, the more advanced my hearing becomes. I can't say that this is
a remapping by my brain, or it maybe the requirement of my mind to survive
in this society.

Much Love,
Walter


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

I am not sure how it works for those that have never seen. However I can
speak of what it's like for me, having been cited and now blind. I noticed
almost instantly hearing things that I didn't hear before.  When I asked the
doctor about this he explained to me that my earring didn't get better it is
simply a fact that I pay more attention to my hearing. Now three years later
I feel like I hear a lot better. So I wonder, is it rewiring, or just pay
more attention. I would love some feedback from others.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 27, 2015, at 10:14 PM, Robert Spangler via Ohio-talk
<ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> 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' 
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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
> 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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