Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Seeing With Your Hands and Ears
Chapters Two and Seven were very interesting to me. They prompted me to do a bit of self reflection. Chapter two dealt with utilizing sound to make judgments on space and time. Chapter seven dealt with very precise awareness of touch. I have found throughout my life my sense of hearing and touch has made me very aware of certain things. I grew up on a farm working with my hands and with many types of tools and equipment. Over time I began to learn how the machinery felt when it was functioning properly, when it wasn't and when it was under low to high loads. I also began learning to see with my hands, meaning when I would be servicing equipment I could not always see what I was doing with my eyes. I had to learn to rely on my touch when feeling the components, what different components felt like and so on. Fast forwarding to today, my awareness through hearing and touch has continued to greatly increase and become much better. Now I can listen to my truck, for instance, while driving, and I may hear a sound which should not be there and, from there, diagnose the issue. I could also be driving and feel the suspension or drive-line through the pedals or steering wheel and if there is a sensation which should not be there I feel it right away and it prompts me to begin diagnosing the issue. I have also became much better at seeing with my hands. This also helps me greatly with my job in the military, as well as my personal life. There have been plenty of times in the Army when I would be on a patrol at night and have to make an adjustment to my weapon in the dark or to certain gear I was carrying. Being on patrol, you cannot use a white light, sometimes you can get away with a red or green light, but generally you cannot use any form of light because it will reveal your position. I had to learn my weapon(s) inside and out by touch, as well as my gear. What I noticed was this seemed to come more naturally to me than some other members of group I was with. I believe it is because I have spent mostly my entire life learning to hone these senses without actually realizing it. To then see how far those with disabilities have taken these senses was truly amazing and captivating.