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Sense of Hearing

Monday, February 11, 2013

Now let's go to the sense of hearing - do you really hear what is going on around you, in the office, in the car while driving, people whispering, "I love you" or noise at home? Most of us have the TV's on in the room, music blaring in the car & it gets louder so we can hear it over the people talking around us. And they wonder why people’s hearing is getting worse!

So let's do an experiment: Turn everything off around you & I mean everything, no TV, NO IPod, No mp3 player, no radio – nothing on. Now stop & listen, what do you hear?

So I did it today, turned the TV off, didn’t say a word to anyone. My childcare children stopped what they were doing & looked at me to see what was going on. I think they were trying to decide if they were in trouble because usually I turn it off when they are getting wild, it gets their attention. The kicker of this was is no one was even watching the TV, it was just on to their shows but the minute the sound stopped they thought something was wrong. I didn't say a word; I just waited to see what they would do. They started making faces in the TV screen because they could see themselves; I just set back & continued to watch them, not saying a word to see what would happen. Soon they just went off & continued to play & it seemed to get really loud in the room, which I’m sure it wasn’t any different than when the TV was on, I just never noticed it.

Soon all I could hear in the room was the fan on my heater & kids laughing & playing but yet I was starting to go crazy. I was getting edgy & I don't even know why. I just couldn't concentrate in the quite of the room (which by the way was not quite, kids laughing &playing the entire time). I’m so used to the noise around me that it was too quite & I didn’t know how to act.

My goal is to leave it off more each day & see how long we can do it. I'm not sure I will make it; I’m already feeling withdrawals from the sound of the TV noise being in the background of the already. So wish me luck!

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    When the kids are here we watch NO TV....ever. It goes on immediately when they leave and stays on until bed. You are right...quiet is a good thing. I have found however, when I still have the news on the TV in the morning when the first kids arrive they come in and get sucked right into "the zone". They stop still and just stare...and don't seem to hear people talking to them. It's kinda creepy.
    We do listen to a lot of music during the child care day tho....kid music, dance music, music in different languages. Sometimes it just adds to the noise when the kids get over loaded. Turning it off completely leaves a calm in the room....for awhile.
    1828 days ago
  • COOKIE_AT_51
    I love music emoticon ... I find it so inspirational, motivating, and thought provoking. I would also begin to feel anxious emoticon also if it was just quiet.

    Good luck with your experiment :)
    1920 days ago
    I wear hearing aids also and sometimes they don't work well. When my head is plugged up. Since I've been home from the hospital, I can hardly hear anything. Hubby has the TV on all the time while he's here, so I sometimes take them out. LOL Good blog Katie. emoticon
    1923 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Hearing is a precious sense. I recently purchased two hearing aids and had no idea what I was missing. I can actually hear birds singing now. I also enjoy taking them out at night for the peace & quiet!!

    Have really enjoyed your blogs on the senses.
    1924 days ago
    Can't wait to see how it goes!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1924 days ago
    Interesting experiment! It is very rare to find true quiet in a house in a city with all the machines in the house, traffic noise, etc., not to mention TV, radio, people. It always does me good to get out into nature and listen to the natural sounds instead.
    1925 days ago
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