From this chapter, I also learned that blind people are able to really hear the shape of various objects. A perfect example that used his visual impairment to the max was Sacha Van Loo who has been blind since birth but easily learned to speak over eight languages which allowed him to become a professional interpreter. He joined Belgium's Federal Police Force in 2007 where he listened to recordings of wiretapped conversations of suspected drug and human trafficking. Since he has a lack of vision he figured that not only would his knowledge of eight languages help the force but also he seemed to attend more to noises and sound to compensate for his lack of vision. He never once thought his hearing was any better than any average Joe, however he wanted to use his abilities for good. Van Loo is able to recognize nonverbal aspects of the wiretapped recordings such as being able to determine where a subject is making the call from; bathroom, bedroom, open space, etc. since he is able to listen carefully to how the sound echoes in the background. He can also determine what type of phone the caller is using by being able to listen to the pitch and timbre of the touch tones.
Overall, this chapter opened up my eyes to understanding that blind people can still partake in the same activities that non-visually impaired people can by just using some defined modifications. I enjoyed seeing Van Loo use his impeccable hearing to help out the police force, and also showing the world that when you lose one sense, it only makes the others stronger.
Sacha Van Loo