Hearing Our World: Aural Living

We all experience life through our senses, if our sensory equipment is fully functional and working. Most of us have five senses, a few of us claim to have a sixth sense, and I would say that is a great imagination. We are designed by existence, or god, to operate in this fashion. By touch, by smell, by taste, by sight and by sound, we make our way through life. We meet other human beings and animals, and we employ our senses to enjoy one another; if we are not hell bent on killing or eating this other.

Hearing Our World: Aural Living

What about when one of those senses malfunctions permanently? What then, when colourful sight becomes an unending dark of night? When all taste ceases to inspire and delight? When aroma departs for a distant shore? When touch is dulled to an unregistered numbness? And, when all song is silent forever more? How do we adapt to a loss of a sensory pathway? I have heard it reported that the remaining senses become more acute to cover for the missing sense. Blind people can hear with much greater acuity, so, I am reliably told.

Personally, I identify with my aural sensory capabilities than I do with any other single sense. I listen very carefully to the sound of other people’s voices. I have always thought that I can sense their mood and feeling through the sound of their voice. Whether this skill, imagined or otherwise, has developed from a self-preserving motivation, I do not know. Perhaps, I learnt to listen to the sound of my mother’s or father’s voice to predict their mood and resulting actions. I did not have overly violent or aggressive parents, but you never know the reasons behind a child’s sensitivity.

Because that is what it is really, a sensitivity to the sound of the human voice. It is a useful skill to have when circumnavigating the treacherous seas of human relationship. Not taking things at face value, but sensing some cutting iceberg deep in the depths. It was useful in sales as well, when I was forced to make my living through this means. Sensing when a client was more amenable to my proposal by the sound and tone of their voice.  I remember as a child, attempting to umpire the many disagreements between my mother and father, perhaps, it was then, that I honed my skill in this aural regard.

Losing the ability to hear another human being’s voice must be profoundly disturbing and sad. The arrival of deafness, when one has previously had the ability to hear, must be truly devastating. That there are now a variety of technological aids to help the hearing impaired is in no way a small mercy. The senses are so close to who we believe ourselves to be, that their removal or reduction in facility results in enormous disorientation for the affected individual. It is something to always keep in mind when relating to members of that aurally deprived society. Take the time to consider your actions in regard to their wellbeing.


About sudhahamilton

Sudha Hamilton is the publisher of Eco Living Magazine http://www.ecolivingmagazine.com.au He loves writing and reading about the things that matter. Working predominantly as natural health writer, he has been published in WellBeing, Conscious Living, and Eco Living Magazines. Having spent many years on a spiritual path, originally in the company of Osho, he has an abiding interest in the human condition. From the micro to the macro he seeks to understand the truth that lies beneath the artifice and constructs, which daily delude us all.

Posted on July 19, 2016, in Latest Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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