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How to Really Experience the World Around You.
In the months prior to having my cochlear implant turned on and regain by ability to hear again after almost 20 years of silence. I anxiously waited and dreamed of what it will be like to hear again.
As I do various things that I knew made sound but I haven't heard the sounds they make. I'd thinking about how I'll soon be able to hear them again. I knew just about every vibration I felt made sound
I'd put a cup on a table and feel the "thump". I'd feel the contact of my feet on the floor when I walk. I'd feel the vibration from the speaker. But I couldn't hear any of these things.
Then my cochlear implant was activated. The volume slowly increased over the first year as my brain relearned to distinguish sounds. Every single day I'd discover new sounds.
All this was amazing and even today, 3 years later, I'm still experiencing new sounds I had either never heard before or forgotten about.
It's almost as if I went through a time machine. So many sounds exist today that didn't exist 20 years ago before I went deaf. I was amazed that almost every button beeps. I never knew that before.
I knew I would experience things that obviously make sounds. I knew when two object touch they make a sound. But the obvious sounds weren't the big surprise to me. Exciting but not as surprising.
It was the little sounds that really surprised me. I knew foot steps made sound. But I didn't know you can hear little pebbles skipping away from your feet as you walk down a street.
I knew ice made sound as its dropped into a glass. I didn't know you can hear the ice crackle as you pour the drink into the glass.
I knew dogs bark and growl. But the sound they make as they're drinking cracks me up even today. (slurp slurp slurp 😄).
Because of this experience. I've learned to not only pay attention to what I hear. But also what I see and experience. You'd be amazed at all the things around you that you ignore.
If you're in a quiet room right now. Listen very closely. You're likely hearing things but cancel them out. Can you hear the air from the vent? Birds outside? Trees swaying in the wind?
Look around you. No matter how many times you may have been in the room you're in now. You'll find something you never noticed before if you really look closely at things.
Look at any object near by. Who made it? How was it made? Each part was designed by someone. What was the first (prototype) like? Why is it shaped the way it is?
What did the tree look like? Where did it grow? What creatures climbed it? Who cut it into shape? Who sanded it? Who stained it? Who installed it?
How many living creatures could be found in this small patch of grass?
Every once in a while. Stop, look, listen, smell and touch things around you. Imagine it's history. The simplest things around you can open a world of thoughts, questions and wonder.
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I'm a semi professional magician. Graphic designer. I've been deaf almost 20 years but i can hear now thanks to the cochlear implant I got almost 2 years ago.