Another World

I listened to an interview with a woman who is deaf and an authority on lipreading. She spoke of how she is able to watch the Soccer World Cup and become aware of a world very few people see.

It’s the world of what the coach is actually saying to his players from the sideline, what the players are actually saying to the referee and each other, what the spectators are shouting at the ref and the players, and it just goes on and on. Imagine that? A whole new world just suddenly opening up with the power to lipread.

It just goes to show, developing and growing our senses, can take us in to a world beyond the one we so superficially experience and skip through.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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25 Responses to Another World

  1. LisaListed says:

    Wow, great post! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Darrel H says:

    Wow, that’s interesting. I always wondered what watching soccer/football would be like with no commentary and even no crowd noises…


  3. So true Don! My mom can lip read and if I trashed talked her to my friends when I was a teenager, she always knew as she watched me out the living room window!


  4. valleygrail says:

    My two uncles both were deaf. They accomplished great things, and no one ever thought of them as impaired. Their world was just a bit different from the hearing population. Very interesting people!


  5. josna says:

    I remember reading that Hellen Keller heightened a number of her other senses, and could learn s great deal about a person just by touching them. She could feel the heat and coolness of colors, and detect emotions by touch as well.


  6. “…so superficially experience and skip through.” Sadly, this phrase nails it, Don. Appreciate your perspective on this.


  7. nrhatch says:

    Did she share any of the “nitty gritty” with you? 😎


  8. sefeniak says:

    Imagine that!


  9. You’re so right, Don.
    Years ago, NFL football coaches started holding up clipboards in front of their faces when they communicated with quarterbacks during the games because they learned the paid lip-readers were following what they said into the small microphones in their headgear.
    Colorado Springs is the home of the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. I took a sign language class there, and the teacher turned off all the sound on the television and asked us each to write as much of the dialogue as we could decipher.
    The most any of the hearing viewers got was 12%, and usually that was connected to emotions and hand gestures and body language. The deaf participants scored between 80-93%, and the parts they missed were when the speakers weren’t facing the camera.


    • Don says:

      So interesting Marylin. I have also noticed now that a lot of the soccer players speak to one another with their hands in front of their mouths.

      I admire you so for taking that class. Must have been quite something. Imagine being able to “listen” like those deaf participants. Quite incredible. 🙂


    • Mary says:

      Amazing Marylin, just goes to show ~


  10. It would be very interesting to ‘hear’ all that was said on the pitch. My wonderful Mum taught deaf babies to speak and lip read and was very highly thought of in her field. 🙂


  11. Mary says:

    A neat post Don – I’ll bet her game was much different than the rest of us experienced and in a really good way.


  12. ladyfi says:

    I’ll bet her games were more interesting than ours!


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