Lack of Senses and Interpretation

Recent personal and professional interactions have got me thinking, how do senses assist or inhibit our ability to understand a message? One of our community partners is KMUW, who is holding a fundraiser for their public service, the Wichita Radio Reading Service. This service has provided people with visual impairments access to local and national news via closed circuit radio through the help of volunteers that read them various publications. This service is great because it fills a void for those who don’t have the ability to read. But since they cannot physically see the words in front of them, does that somehow change the message?

Luckily, most of us have all of our senses in tact, even if not for the duration of our lives. We can then draw upon those past experiences to fill any voids. To interpret a story, we usually use both our eyes and ears to fill the void of what, we think, is missing or to better complete the story. How often have we read a message and completely misinterpreted it without the help of a visual aid or vice versa? Unfortunately without any medical or first-hand knowledge, I can’t really answer this, but it’s definitely something to chew on.

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