When I woke this morning I heard a faint buzzing or ringing tone. It sounded to me as though it were an alarm clock in the distant room. I only heard it in my room. It became bothersome and distracting after a while and I asked three others about the faint noise.
Two heard the noise in my room and the other was not available. The first person also heard it outside another’s door. I didn’t hear it there! The second person heard it in my room but later thought they heard the noise upstairs long after I located the culprit.
The third person heard it sitting in the kitchen and told me it was the “smoke alarm”. The smoke alarm in question was on the counter without a battery for the past 24 hours waiting for me to put a new battery in that day. How could that be the “smoke alarm”?
I was puzzled. I only heard it in my room. Were we hearing the same thing? Is this a test of perceptions?
As I was getting ready for bed I opened a drawer and found an old dog’s bark collar buzzing/ringing faintly because the battery needed replaced. We removed the battery and the annoying noise stopped.
Who was hearing things? Are we all hearing something different? How reliable are your perceptions? With the aging process hearing becomes diminished. Does this cause an imaginary perception of what others believe they hear? Does our hearing pick up sensitive noises that otherwise we wouldn’t hear?
Do you hear what I hear? Are you hearing things? Can perception be deception? In the end, another heard exactly what I was hearing … and the buzzing or ringing stopped once the battery was removed! It wasn’t the constant buzzing or ringing in my ears that come with my TBI. This was an external ringing.
Others don’t become so distracted and fail to spend time looking for the cause. Here, it’s about persistence to find the cause. Distractions because it was so annoying.
Nonetheless, we all are grateful to have hearing regardless of how our perceptions interpret environmental stimuli.
Remember when your mom or dad said “Did you hear what I said?” And they would say “You aren’t listening to me!” We’ve all heard those statements but has anyone given much thought when “You only hear what you want to hear!” This is a prime example of hearing what you want to hear!
- Other People Like Me (psychologytoday.com)
- Disease Detectors – No Batteries Needed! (healthunlimitedbiz.wordpress.com)
- False Alarm! (mecoolcat.wordpress.com)
- Could your lifestyle contribute to future hearing loss? (amplifon.co.uk)
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