Following on from the last post here is the other question I have been asked.

“Do I think different because I am deaf?”

Interesting question and I had a good think about it… pardon the pun! πŸ˜‰

Let me ask you something… What’s the furthest back you can remember?
How old are your earliest memories?

Most people remember being 4 or 5, some younger.

Well believe it or not I can remember being about 20 months old… I can easily remember being 2 – 2 and half.

Now I know this because I asked mum how old was I when “this happened”… or when we were “there”? Now mum was surprised, and once she said I was about 2, I knew, I wasn’t mad!

Why?? How??

Well if you think about it I heard NOTHING for the first 2 and half years of my life… not a single sound!
So that meant my whole visual world was so much clearer and stronger also in memory mode too. πŸ˜‰

The smells and visuals from then were amplified.
Now I have to admit I do have sharp senses, apart from ears obviously.

Here’s how I look at it…

You are most likely “normal” (whatever that is?) in the sense you have all senses working ok, so to simplify it I look at it like …

We all have 100% sensual awareness, and each of the five senses in perfect harmony would be …

  • 20% perfect hearing
  • 20% perfect eyesight
  • 20% perfect taste
  • 20% perfect smell
  • 20% perfect touch

Together…100% perfect. Make sense? (no pun intended!)

Well I believe there is NOT one person in the world with this!

Not one person has it all perfectly and never will!

Obviously with age that 100% drops anyway… each one at a different rate, and each of us in a different way.

But I believe with each of us it is unique so maybe yours would be more like…

  • 21% hearing
  • 21% eyesight
  • 20% taste
  • 19% smell
  • 19% touch

Maybe even in smaller degrees… ie, one is 19.2 another 18.6 etc.

Mine is something like …

  • 10% hearing
  • 24% eyesight
  • 22% taste
  • 22% smell
  • 22% touch

A blind persons may be…

  • 25% hearing
  • 8% eyesight (light + darkness)
  • 22% taste
  • 22% smell
  • 23% touch

All 100% sensual awareness.

This is what we WORK with, our brains are relaying all this together with the actual experiences we have and they are also unique to each of us.

It gives us awareness, not intelligence.

This sensual awareness starts at birth, we learn as we go and yet no two 1 year old babies will have the same awareness, never in a million years!

Mine started early, as will blind people or other sensually handicapped person.

So in fact YES I think different BECAUSE I am deaf… πŸ˜‰

My senses feed unique levels of information and my brain transforms this info to unique thoughts in accordance with my sensual awareness.

Just as they do with you or anyone else… you ARE special, unique!

That’s the clearest way I can see it, and hopefully it makes sense.

Being aware of these %’s of yours may actually be of benefit to you. πŸ˜‰

Hopefully I have answered it to the satisfaction of the person who asked, feel free to comment below…

Any thoughts? (Pardon the pun!) Β πŸ˜†

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17 thoughts on ““Do I think different…”

  • August 12, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve thought about this topic a lot recently and I’ve included my thoughts on this very topic in my book, due out November 2007.

    I experience people with intensity. I focus and actually read and feel their individual shorthand and emotions. I believe it is because I really want to understand people.

    Great insights from you!


  • August 12, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you very much for that comment, good luck with your upcoming book. πŸ˜‰

    I think we all want to understand people better even if we don’t think we do. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks again.


  • August 13, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    What an awesome description, Rob.

    It could be applied to almost any ‘handicap’. We typically use a fraction of the full abilities we have to begin with. Living more fully and achieving our potential is about who we are first and foremost.


  • August 13, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you Vera.

    Yes I agree with you, it really seems simple to understand it better looking at it this way.

    We ALWAYS make up what we lack in one area, elsewhere.



  • August 14, 2007 at 2:07 am

    Never really thought of the 100% concept of the total package. Offers a bit of a twist on how I typically view things…nice insight.
    It creates a sense of wholeness in a way that may have not been previously noted as I at times tend to focus on “lack” instead of realizing that everything in it’s own way is balanced. Even those areas I may belive aren’t as strong as others….This really has my thinking now..Good stuff I’ll be back

  • August 16, 2007 at 12:55 am

    I had this whole big comment written and then I hit the del key. I think what you are saying is fascinating. I totally agree with what you have said.

  • August 22, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    I LOVED reading that post. I have made a lot of deaf friends over the past few years, even though I am hearing. I am now pretty fluent with ASL (I guess).. πŸ™‚

    I hope it doesn’t offend you when I say that sometimes I act deaf when I go out somewhere, and I sign to my wife (who is also hearing and knows ASL).

    I really love the ASL culture and if I could choose one sense to be less than 20%, it would be hearing!

    Congratulations on your blog! Ill be visiting again soon!

  • August 22, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    NO it doesn’t offend me at all πŸ˜‰

    I agree I wouldn’t swap this part loss of sense for any other.

    BUT if I could swap my ears for a blinds persons and let them have my eyes, even for one day I would do it in a heartbeat and MAINLY I’d do it so that blind person gets to see, not for my hearing. πŸ™‚

  • August 22, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    I just have met a lot of deaf people that get offended at things that hearing people say very easily because of the trouble that many hearing people give to deaf people sometimes, which is true. A lot of times, hearing people try to take advantage of deaf people. That’s why I usually do not talk much about deaf stuff with another deaf person until they get to know me a little bit so they do not get offended or think that I am trying to make fun of them or whatever else people do. πŸ™‚

    I will have to IM some of my deaf friends and tell them about your blog.

  • August 22, 2007 at 10:41 pm


    Here’s the thing, I dont “see” myself as being “in” the deaf world I see myself in the hearing world and that’s what I mix in, what I grew up in.

    I hardly know any deaf people to be honest.


  • August 25, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    I sooo agree with you on this! I’ve worn glasses since I was 7 years old, but I’ve had poor vision my entire life. I just thought my difficulty seeing was normal until the second grade when my teacher noticed my squinting. You know how kids are. We’re products of our environments, and my environment has just always been blurry. Anyhow, being near sighted, I’ve always struggled with seeing details, but I’ve always been good with remembering the colour, shape and sounds associated with my memories. I always thought this was kind of weird, and it was just me, but apparently not. Thanks for making me aware of this!

  • September 5, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Rob, this was a fascinating read. I think you are right about the whole thing.

    People who use all their senses tend to be distracted by many things. like odours, sights, sounds. but when one of these senses are not their to catch their attention, they are more apt to grasps what’s going around them and to memorise it.

  • April 11, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for sharing this Rob, I really enjoyed it. Appreciate you linking from FriendFeed, didn’t catch this post on my first visit to your blog.

  • April 11, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Thank Morinn,

    Think you are right there… πŸ˜‰


    Glad you liked it, and thanks for the comment, great to see you on friendfeed too, that place is great. πŸ™‚

  • August 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Rob, I hink we are all totally different in many aspects. I may look at a picture and see totally different than the next guy, hear music and listen to different parts of it than the next he/she may accent more to higher notes whilst I may listen to the bassline more. We all taste differently – some like marmite others don’t. Mainly because the ways in which our brains function differently – we behave differently, react differently- and many schools of psychology will argue why. We think differently _ some pupils excell at language , others at more problematic subjects such as maths. So in a nutshell, to be different to the next man is the norm. To quote a famous film ” We are all individuals !”

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