Sunday, February 12, 2012
The other day, while in a crowded room, I heard a familiar voice. I said to my sighted friend who was with me, "Oh there's..." They said, "No." I said, "Yes." and then they spotted the person. I was right. Then, she asked me, "How did you do that?" "What?" "Hear that person in such a crowded noise filled room?" Well, I guess it is because I focus on voices. It always amuses me when I pick up the phone and say, "Hi there (name inserted here)" And the person on the other end seems a bit surprised. After all, I am at an advantage on the phone. I can't see faces. No one can on the phone. but I identify people by their voices. So, just as my friend would glance across a room and see someone, so I listen and hear them if they are talking. It isn't always perfect. There are some people who sound a great deal alike. I had twin friends once and it was very difficult for me to tell their voices apart. Sometimes too, if someone comes up to me in a different environment from what I am used to knowing them in, I get confused and have to think for a minute. Generally though, I am pretty good at it most of the time. I have to be. Now, if someone is sitting quietly in the cafe reading, I won't know they are there. Tomorrow a funny story about a friend waving at me from afar.