Thursday, June 18, 2020

Anosmia (chapter 3)

Losing the ability to smell is something I could never imagine. Personally, I love to smell things as funny as that sounds. The smell of candles, fresh baked cookies, coconuts, anything you can think of. During my time here at stockton I met one of my best friends who actually no longer has the ability to smell. I always ask her how she can deal with it and if/how it affected her life. After reading about it in our textbook I figured it would be a great opportunity to ask her some questions about loosing one of her five senses.

1. What age did you lose your sense of smell? 

2. What smell do you miss the most? 
It's been so long I don't even really remember.

3. In what ways did losing you sense of smell affect you life? 
Honestly, I do not really feel that it has impacted me by much.

4. Has loosing your sense of smell affected your tastebuds? 
it's possible, I feel like I don't taste things the same way as everybody else. I need my food to be super salty or super sweet to like it.

5. Would you want to be able to smell again? (why or why not) 
No, I'm fine with out a smell. Like I said, it has not really impacted me and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.

In the youtube video listed below, it explains what anosmia is and how it is caused. It's a short video giving you some feedback on what you need to know about it such as warning signs, effects and treatments that are available for it. 

Anosmia: Causes, Diagnosis And Treatment | Netmeds

Information on Anosmia – Melbourne ENT Specialist Group


  1. This is a much tougher problem for people then initially thought. People don't really recognize how much we use our sense of smell until it is taken away from us. It was very interesting in our book to see that we have two nosterals to figure what we smell and the location of what we are smelling. Hopefully one day with technology this can be taken away and people with this disorder can be given their sense of smell back and this no longer becomes a problem.

  2. Hello Emerson! great post and I really liked how you incorporated the little interview with your friend. I also can't imagine losing my sense of smell, even having a stuffy nose while sick is the most miserable feeling unable to taste things. And also for those that can smell smell plays such an integral part in memories.