Hey guys, how are y’all I know I’m late as I always upload within two to three days but have been so crazy busy lately due to my college work, assignments and stuff but here I am again with an amazing post. I know I have not done any guest post but you guys I’m telling y’all I’m so addicted to the story by Catherine which actually happened in her life for real that showcases the importance of the listening skills as I have mentioned in one of my posts earlier. So go to https://catherinebrophy.ie/ and check out her amazing blogs. Okay I wont take more time and lets hop into the awesome article shared by Catherine.
Catherine worked with E.N.T. Zambia, a voluntary group providing ear, nose and throat treatment in rural Zambia. She is an audiologist. They worked in clinics, schools, churches, anywhere they could find electricity. A local nurse organised patients, the ENT surgeon treated them in a mobile clinic and Catherine tested hearing.
The very first day she set up her audiometer in the sacristy of a mission church. Her specialty is children and most of the kids she saw that suffered from conditions that they could treat. As the last patient left and she packed up, satisfied with a good day’s work. A young man put his head round the door.
“May I speak with you madame?”
“Of course” she replied.
He was tall, lithe and impossibly handsome. She had seen him working in the church grounds and talking to the priest .
“I have a serious problem Madame,” he said, “Father Joseph said that perhaps you could help me.”
“Certainly if I can” she replied.
“I have a problem with hearing” he started sharing his problem and Catherine started examining and inquiring him about his issue.
“Outside I can hear everything but at home I cannot hear. It gives my wife great concern.”
Nothing about him suggested a hearing problem. No cock of the ear, no frown, no problem hearing her. But there many oddities in hearing problems. It needed a proper test to be sure. Catherine started unpacking her equipment again.
His hearing was normal. It was better than normal. She did a speech test. Standing six feet behind, she asked unexpected questions in the quietest voice possible. He heard, understood and answered everything perfectly. He even heard when a rackety car revved up outside the window.
“When you’re at home with your wife,” she asked, “can you hear the sound of your wife’s voice?”
“Oh yes I hear her voice” he replied.
“When you hear her voice what are you thinking about?” she asked.
“I am thinking about my goats, about my work for the Father, about my friend who is sick, many things” was replied by him.
Now she knew what the problem was.
There were two parts to hearing, she explained. The first part is when the sound goes into your ear and up to your brain. That first part is hearing.
The second part is when your brain understands the sound. That part is called listening. It is like electricity. The wires bring the electricity to your home, but if you don’t turn on the switch the light won’t come on. So when your wife speaks you have to turn on your brain. This is how you do it.
1 You stop thinking about goats, and work, and friends
2. Look at your wife
3 Pay attention to what she is saying
If you do those three things you will hear, you will listen and you will know exactly what she is saying.
“That is most interesting.” he said “Thank you Madame, my wife will be very pleased to learn this information.”
And off he went with a smile and a wave. She packed up happily thinking that not only she helped some children but maybe she also saved a marriage.
Wise knowledge contribution Catherine and I’m so glad to have a friend like you. Reading your awesome experiences and learning from them is so fun and amazing. Hope so you guys loved this post too and I’ll see y’all in the next post. Take care, stay safe and keep sharing your knowledge.