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Topic: Hear (07/08/10)
- TITLE: Do You Hear What I Hear?
By E.J. Swanson
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I was raised with a cousin who was born deaf. Still I didn’t understand the life of silence she lived. She has never heard the sound of her parent’s voice nor the sound of her own baby crying. Devises had to be set up in the home for her to detect sounds by the use of electric lights that would blink off and on.
I cannot imagine a world without the sound of birds singing, the purring of a kitten, the bark of a dog, or an ice cream truck on the street. I would not have wanted to miss the music of great hymns like “Amazing Grace”, wonderful musicals like “The Sound of Music”, or the “Minute Waltz” by Chopin. My cousin “felt” the sounds of music through her hands and the rhythm of it through her feet.
In my early twenties I developed a “kink” in a blood vessel behind an ear drum that caused a "gushing” sound constantly. As the blood flowed through that vessel the sound would increase, dependant on my activities. Anything that would cause the heart-rate to increase would cause the sound to do likewise. It was a very annoying problem. I spent a great deal of time pressing my fingers beneath my ear to stop the noise so that I could hear properly. No one else could hear the deafening noise that was maddening to me. I learned the value of --or the lack of--hearing.
Whereas my problem was a distortion of hearing, my cousin’s problem was a total lack of hearing. She could not hear what I heard and I could not share her silence.
I believe, decibels aside, we do not all hear alike. Jesus said, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear “.
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