I was reading 4 Ears 4 Eyes yesterday when I happened upon What I Miss About Mosquitos and realized, I too don’t hear them. In fact, a few days ago I was near a place being assaulted by borer bees and I could not hear them either. Since they’re about the size and shape of bumblebees, they are not quiet things. Then we were chatting on a private Deaf FB group and started talking about the sounds of footfalls. And I thought – sound? Steps make noise?
Then I remembered seeing a ballet practice without the music and hearing the noise I associated with a thundering herd on TV westerns. Hmmmm, so walking, dancing, feet on solid surface makes noise. Uh, huh.. Then I remembered BitcoDavid telling me that earbuds make one unable to hear street noises or conversations. Hmmm, really?
After I sent off a document to a firm, I walked up and down the stairs (granted, in my stocking feet) and yes, there is a very soft sound associated with walking. I am not sure whether it is the friction of the foot against the stair or the swish of fabric. Almost subliminal to me. Which explains comments about “walking too loud” or “don’t clomp your feet.”
People sometimes assume the Deaf or Hard of Hearing are soundless creatures. No, quite the opposite. For those who voice (as I do) my voice is quite loud as I was taught to project to the back of a theatre. Apparently, I have only an “outside voice.” Well, not exactly, because I have a much louder voice acquired to be heard over long distances. And since I can’t exactly tell how loudly I speak I don’t have a medium, but I do have a soft voice, which I was told by my late husband was “too soft.”
These hearies! – Picky, picky, picky!
I remember the first time I had the “aha!” revelation that newspapers make noise, explaining the hairy eyeball I’d sometimes get from others while reading a newspaper. I don’t hear high sounds well, if at all, so things like piping songbirds are out of my range of hearing. And I don’t understand how much noise is actually made by dishes rattling and the like. Yes, I hear those, but not that the same volume a fully hearing person does.
If you want a quiet home, go to people who can hear a bug fart at 5 miles, not someone who doesn’t understand that car engines don’t just jiggle when they run, they also make noise. Although, I can hear a backfire. The first time I heard car engine noise I thought the car was falling apart – I was in a total panic!
Now, I used to hear better than I do at present. I’m not sure how much better, but I know it was better in that I heard mosquito whines and knew to get out of the way. I probably missed a whole lot of stuff, but it was good enough to get by.
If we can teach dogs to recognize ASL can we teach mosquitos to spell out “Blood sucker attack!” with their bodies? Probably not.
Where, oh where, did my hearing go – oh where oh where can it be? (Sung to the tune of Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?)