Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Unable to hear as I cross the street

Yes, this is indeed a very common problem for me. Especially so when there is either a lot of noise around me or whenever the wind is blowing hard and loud across my path. It can also happen whenever I am out in a heavy rainfall.

This is why I have to concentrate extra hard whenever I am crossing the street and this is not really a problem or challenge that is only for a blind or partially sighted person. I am very sure that sighted persons are also opened to this type of challenge, as well, but what I can tell you is this. This type of challenge is even greater when you are totally blind.

When I had functional vision, I could depend on visual cues to help me cross safely, but now that I have no more functional vision, those visual cues are no longer available to me. This is why I have to concentrate and focus more deeply and carefully.

Accordingly, I do not walk and talk on my iPhone at the same time. I do not listen to music as I walk along, and I certainly do not do anything else as I cross the street.

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