Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hearing voices.

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.

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