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Nov 7, 2011

இ To Hear, Or Not To Hear

"If I could have only one of my senses then I would choose hearing, Then I wouldn't feel so all alone." ~ Helen Keller

"One third of our life is spent with our eyes closed, because we are asleep. An estimated twenty years. Yet in any second of those twenty years our ears can command our eyes to open and search for the source of a sound. When our eyes are open our ears can hear through walls, and all around where our eyes cannot see and still command our eyes to search for the source of sounds." ~ Jim S. Davis II, BC-HIS, ACA.

So now how important is your hearing? Have it checked.

Any sound above 85 dB (decibel) can cause hearing loss, and the loss is related both to the power of the sound as well as the length of exposure. You know that you are listening to an 85-dB sound if you have to raise your voice to be heard by somebody else. Eight hours of 90-dB sound can cause damage to your ears; any exposure to 140-dB sound causes immediate damage (and causes actual pain). More info HERE.


TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!

Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine beautiful day.

One remarked to the other, “Windy, isn't it?”

“No,” the second man replied, “it's Thursday.”

And the third man chimed in, “So am I. Let's have a beer.”
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Chinese Idiom: 掩耳盗铃*pinyin:yǎn ěr dào líng [lit. Cover Ear Steal Bell]

 掩 : yǎn *cover* | 耳 : ěr *ear* | 盗 : dào *steal* | 铃 : líng *bell*

 A thief sneaked into the house of Fan at night and saw a huge bronze bell hanging in the front yard. Since bronze could fetch him a good price, without hesitation decided to take it back home. However he faced a stiff problem as it was too heavy to be carried away. He then thought of another idea if he could break the bell into pieces that would solved all his transportation problem. With a first strike of his hammer it gave out a loud deafening bang which caught the thief by surprise and shook him terribly by covering his ears with both hands. At this instance he exclaimed "Aha the sound of the bell can not be heard when the ears are covered." He ripped off part of his clothes and scrolled them into two earplugs and stuffed into his ears. Through out the hammering in the middle of the night the banging noise of the bell woke up all the neighbours and he was caught red handed. The foolish man did not know that the only one who could not hear the sound of the bell was himself.
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This idiom 掩耳盗铃*pinyin:yǎn ěr dào líng* [To plug one's ears when stealing the bell] is used to satirize those who think they are smart but only deceive themselves. This applies to someone who does bad things and buries his head in the sand trying to pull a fast one in telling the world he is innocent.

"You have to hear what you don't want to hear, to know what you don't want to hear" ~ Dr. Gustav Mueller

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108 Bunchesஇ:

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

Awrite - it's loud & clear :)

rainfield61 said...

To hear, or not to hear.

To hear, but all nonsense.

Not to hear, yet feel very uneasy.

We just cannot choose what to be heard, or what not to be heard.

reanaclaire said...

To me, I prefer to see than to hear.. I cannot imagine myself in darkness... cos maybe I am scared of pure darkness...

lina said...

I have hearing problem. But luckily I only lost 10% of it.

So sorry if you have to repeat what you said to me. ^^!

lina said...

Having all senses intact is such a gift.

lina said...

Thank you for sharing the story too. :)

One said...

I like the Wednesday and thirsty joke.

I heard that you are monkeying around. Halloween not over yet? Twig or treat?

lena said...

now i know why some people talk like " 9 mm tup 8" think they have hearing deficiencies!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Bananaz, thanks for sharing the jokes. hahahaha... no drink kopi-o now, so can laugh. No need disclaimer today.
I hear what is necessary only, boss nagging pretend not to hear.

Ron aka TheOldGeezer said...

If I had to lose one of my senses, I would pick... the sense of smell.

Ha! I love your retiree joke :-)

Tekkaus said...

I prefer losing my hearing rather than my eyesight. :(

Windsmoke. said...

We having a saying down here in OZ and its called "Selective Hearing" and its got nothing to do with hearing loss because when people have this they only hear what they want to hear :-).

suituapui said...

My hearing's ok...but when going clubbing, my eardrums may vibrate...and it can get very uncomfortable. So, no clubbing for me anymore.... Sad.

suituapui said...

My sense of taste is perfect, thank goodness...and smell...as well as to feel. Sight's not so good though - blame it on blogging and hours online. Tsk! Tsk!

suituapui said...

My mum's a bit deaf, dependent on hearing aid. Said it was caused by an overdose of quinine - for curing malaria. Rampant during that pre-Japanese era...

Daisy said...

Clever post, Bananaz! I think I'd rather lose my hearing than my vision, but would like to take care of both, of course. Sense of smell would be my choice to lose if I had to pick one.

Thanks for sharing the jokes. A laugh did me good. :-D

eugene said...

I prefer sight cos i love ogling at beautiful..............ditto.

You know bro,i guess sometimes it is best to pretend that we have lost our hearing cos most of the times we only hear rubbish.......even in my family setting,so much trouble and misunderstanding happened because some heard wrongly,then passed on the message wrongly,someone else heard it wrongly,and the end result,is not so nice after all

eugene said...

Seriously,if i ogle at beautiful .....it makes me feel better than listening to rubbishh

Jo said...

I've got an uncannily accurate sixth sense. LOL.

Yee Ling said...

I am very sensitive to noise. A tiny snoring will wake me up....I hate being disturb when I am asleep

[SK] said...

of course all the 5 senses (or if you also have the 6th sense) are important to us, but i guess sight and hearing are the more important ones..

[SK] said...

and they say, if you have your eyes closed, you can actually "see" by hearing.. that maybe true also.. :)

[SK] said...

oh, i just love the story of 掩耳盗铃*yǎn ěr dào líng* to come with this post.. so your next posts will be on the other senses?? hmmm, maybe for sight will be 視而不見?? smell will be 臭氣熏天?? taste will be 臭味相投?? hehehehe..

Hayley said...

Nice story~

Hearing is as important as other senses... So we really gotto take good care~

Merryn said...

I'm very greedy. I wanna have ALL my senses with me. Dare not think of losing either one of them..

Casendra said...

Hmmn... worth to think after this post... true also, world without sounds could be very lonely...just like under the sea...

"You have to hear what you don't want to hear, to know what you don't want to hear" ~~ need more time to digest this :P

Thanks for sharing!

Charmaine Pua Li Ping said...

I prefer see over hear. At least I can type and see words. Without eyes, you cannot see beautiful things! :)

HappySurfer said...

Wei wei, you think I should petition for issuance of earplugs for those seated in the front-rows in the cinema? :O

Daniel Chiam said...

I dont know if im willing to give up my hearing or my sight... sigh... losing one of it will caused fear... i can see and its all darkness... but yet everything so noisy...

i can see and yet it is all silence... =/

Leovi said...

Well, I have a problem listening I can not take pictures.

London Caller said...

Sometimes, it's advisable to play deaf lah!
That would be a good excuse to tell your wife, you forgot her anniversary present. ;)

FiSh said...

to hear or not to hear. just choose whichever you're most comfortable with :)

Bananazஇ said...

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE இ: It's only careless whisper

rainfield61 இ: Come what may.

reanaclaire இ: Best is not to lose all the senses haha.

Bananazஇ said...

lina இ: Sorry to hear you lost the 10% on hearing. Got a friend who got his left ear damaged while in military school coz of the canon sound.

One இ: Still not settled yet no inspirasi for captions haha.

lena இ: Yeah lot 9 and 8 don't match. Hearing lost could land up in serious problem especially in communication.

Bananazஇ said...

Amelia's De-ssert இ: Hear no evil.

Ron aka TheOldGeezer இ: Oh you can't enjoy 100% the nice sumptuous food cooked by Mrs Old Geezer if you lose your smell haha.

Tekkaus இ: Lose none would be our wish..haha. Sight to bloggers are extremely important.

Bananazஇ said...

Windsmoke இ: Very true! Hear nice things, say good words do the right thing is the best policy.

suituapui இ: No clubbing but can go cuddling ok mah. Me too if there is a sharp knock like hammering the noise would vibrate in my ears. Nowadays kids will ask what is Malaria as is like a lost word haha.

Daisy இ: Most bloggers can't afford to lose sight haha. Wish not to lose any.

Bananazஇ said...

eugene இ: Aha eyes are meant for looking haha. There is one joke the father lost his hearing and got cured but didn't inform his family and changes his Will 3 times already.

Jo இ: Wow 6th sense. Bananaz would wanna 7th haha.

Yee Ling இ: You are a light sleeper sure will not like mossies.

Gratitude said...

Your post should be read by all the whining and whinging idiots out there who perpetaullly complain about their sad lives; not appreciating the fact that having good sensories is already a good blessing that they should be thankful for!
+Ant+

Bananazஇ said...

[SK] இ: That's at a higher level already close eyes can see by hearing..wow very deep. tQ for the tips yeah maybe could work along that idioms suggested haha.

Hayley இ: All senses are given should not neglect them but to make full use.

Merryn இ: Haha its everybody's wish too.

Bananazஇ said...

Casendra இ: Bananaz must have the muzik on at all times haha. Example would be like people says that movie is lousy but you have to see it to know it.

Charmaine Pua Li Ping இ: Given a choice eyesight seems to be in great favour.

HappySurfer இ: Too loud to be seated in front huh. Was at a seminar once the speakers were right next to our ears and the blast can be killing.

Bananazஇ said...

Daniel Chiam இ: Wow very deep haha.

Leovi இ: For you eyesight is of paramount importance.

London Caller இ: Wow thinking out of the box right. Play the pig eat the tiger? haha.

FiSh இ: Come what may, count our blessings.

Bananazஇ said...

Gratitude இ: tQ Yeah count our blessings and appreciate what we do have.

foongpc said...

I think I'm already suffering from hearing loss judging from the number of "Pardon?" I keep asking when people speak to me.

foongpc said...

But I am grateful that I can still see, hear, smell and taste. Really grateful for them all!!

foongpc said...

Cant imagine a silent world with no voices, no music, no sound of rain.

lina said...

Bananaz,
On the bright side, being rather what we Malay call "pekak badak" can have its advantage. Can not hear (or pretend not hearing) what people are saying. kakaka

Isaac Tan said...

haha, what a foolish thief. XD

oh ther are facilities to check our hearing too eh? I will need to check those out pretty soon myself

Sheoh Yan said...

Tonight bedtime story for my girls is 掩耳盗铃, I will tell them that this good moral story is mummy learned from Uncle Bananaz's blog.

yvonne said...

Nice sharing, Bananaz... All senses are equally important, can't imagine having to lose any of them. Hence, am so grateful and thankful everyday.

Bananazஇ said...

foongpc இ: Could be the one speaks softly to you. Yeah grateful for them all. Very pitiful without sound.

lina இ: Same like ignorance is bliss haha. Learn a new word today 'pekak badak' tQ.

Isaac Tan இ: Not quite sure about the facility for checking ear but there are instrument to check dB. Those who work in Disco/pubs would have high chances of hearing loss if the job is continuous 8 hr/day for some time.

Bananazஇ said...

Sheoh Yan இ: Great! Hugs & kisses to April & May.

yvonne இ: Grateful not to lose any for as long as we can.

Leovi said...

In Spain we say: a foolish word deaf ears. Which is good to turn a deaf ear from time to time.

EastCoastLife said...

These days, it's the leaders and the civil servants who not only don't want to hear what they need to hear, they also don't want to know.

Poor citizens suffer,

London Caller said...

Ha, you definitely spend more time with your family at the shopping centres.

When was the last time you visited a museum huh? ;)

Bananazஇ said...

Leovi இ: Only at times haha. gracias

EastCoastLife இ: That's bad for the poor citizen.

London Caller இ: Too long to remember haha.

Autumn Belle said...

I will choose the sense of sight over hearing. I want to be able see all the beauty of the world in this lifetime. I will still make this choise despite the saying, "The best couple is when the husband is deaf and wife is blind", haha. Like what Eugene said, hearsay is really dangerous as it can lead to many misunderstandings. Many people have ears that can hear but do not listen.

Twilight Man said...

I love BananaZ cos you always posted stories of wisdom and not craps like me! Ha ha ha LMAO!

Twilight Man said...

I rather be deaf than blind but I am thankful that I still have both besides seeing ghosts sometimes! Aha!

Twilight Man said...

I am surprised that Suituapui mentioned about his mum's hearing problems resulted from the malaria infected during the Japanese-era.

Twilight Man said...

During the WW2, mum was studying at Chulalongkorn University and Japanese bombed her U to force the Thais to make way for them. She fled by train and the tracks were again bombed along the way. All the students slept in the jungle and many kena malaria overnight. Her comrades had hearing problems later on due to poor medication. I found it hard to believe her stories but now Suituapui is telling a similar tale.

Quay Po Cooks said...

My Quay Lo said my hearing is getting worse, as if he is not! hahah, The pot calling the kettle black. I noticed as I grow older I have this selective hearing problem. I know I am not deaf but I am deaf to things that I am not interested to hear, how ar? I am interested in what you say so I HEAR you LOUD and CLEAR!! LOL!

Life Ramblings said...

my hubby of 16 years is slowly making me deaf due to his loud snores at night.

Life Ramblings said...

it doesn't seem to bother him and he actually sleeps better than me.

Life Ramblings said...

I couldn't bear the thought of losing my sight or my hearing but if i've a choice, i'd rather be deaf than blind.

Life Ramblings said...

Most noises annoy the heck out of me anyway. i'd definitely missed some great music but loosing sight would be too much of a dramatic change.

Life Ramblings said...

btw, i'm watching X-factor now as i'm typing this. i love this pool of diverse participants. happy weekend.

London Caller said...

You know what?
I actually bought some Angry Bird cupcakes in Malaysia.:D
Good to look at; bad to taste lah!

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

It's hard to choose which senses. But i still prefer eyes. and thanks for the thief story. It's interesting.

London Caller said...

Lewd lian, right?
You mean the horny Ah Lian? :D

Leovi said...

Very funny the story of the thief and the bell.

Bananazஇ said...

Autumn Belle இ: Guess its 100% readers favor sight than hearing. Hubs is deaf & wife is blind makes a perfect couple? Just like the song 'people hearing without listening'.

Twilight Man இ: Your posting is very relevant its a real life experience. In fact we must need all our senses. Sometimes we human cant fight a small little mossie.

Quay Po Cooks இ: Just like the Chinese saying *Ngor hm choot sang hm toy piu ngor hai ah kei* [I didn't say a word is not equal to I'm dumb] so same applies can hear but not saying anything is not deaf hahaha.

Bananazஇ said...

Life Ramblings இ: Have tried all measures to reduce hubs snoring? Lately they are selling those clip on the nose etc? Not sure this can help, a person would snore only when he/she sleeps either right or left. Pinch the nose don't allow him to breathe for a while then he would turn to the other side and will not snore for a time being. That's the time you catch up on your sleep and gotta sleep fast before the snore comes back. Good luck. Love the backdrop decor of X-factor

London Caller இ: Those cupcakes were suppose to make you angry haha.

Willie a.k.a Reptoz இ: Mantain and take care all senses they are equally needed and important. tQ

Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ: Hahaha who's is horny now lolz.

Leovi இ: We do have such people around who think they can 'cheat' their way out by pretending nothing happens haha. gracias.

London Caller said...

Ha ha... Ah Lian is also horny lah.
Constantly looking for new Ah Beng!

Cloudia said...

Can't hear you because I have a banana in my ear!


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Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ: Those with name Ah Beng & Ah Lian would be famous haha.

Cloudia இ: Oh no..lolz Aloha

FiSh said...

hello banana people! the ears are great, but others can beat it too

-FiSh
http://ohfishiee.blogspot.com/2011/11/happy-birthday-to-me.html

Pete said...

hah....kenot hear leh.....Bananaz whispering...lol!

Bananazஇ said...

FiSh இ: Right happy belated birthday certainly the ears are shorter than your cute little bunny haha.

Pete இ: Adoi already more than 100 dB still cant hear me you gotta have your ears checked or go to your salon to dig your ears..haha

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Bananaz, I will choose 'eyes'....my hearing slightly out of tune already due those days target shooting and not wearing ear protectors.

I changed my car horn to a an air horn.....and its between a gun shot and 747 taking off. Lots of new immigrants coming from countries drive on the right, we drive on the left....so, I remind them when they heading towards me. Ha ha.
Lee.

Leovi said...

"You have to hear what you don't want to hear, to know what you don't want to hear". A great aphorism.

Bananazஇ said...

Uncle Lee இ: Sorry to hear you didn't take precaution during your shooting days lucky its not that bad. Oh those guys really can't change their driving direction scary man haha

Leovi இ: True! We need to experience it to know the damage..lolz.

London Caller said...

Sure they are famous down in Johor and Singapore.
Not sure they're famous in KL?

That Twist Potato is like a chain store.
Maybe KL also got some huh?
Look around.

Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ: Not too sure always stay in seldom go out of cave nowadays.

London Caller said...

Why not.
Lucy is dumb, so she got dumped lah.
She has not beating heart and I am heartless, man! Ha.

Kian Fai Koh said...

*cover my ears* :)

Leovi said...

In the cities there are more and more noise, I will make audiometric test to make me rich.

Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ: Perfect match heartless man with a non beating Chindian heart.

Kian Fai Koh இ: Hear no evil? haha.

Leovi இ: Woh audiometrically rich haha.

London Caller said...

Ha ha... Bamboo door must match with bamboo door.
Me and lucy are not match lah.

Charmaine Pua Li Ping said...

Let's pretend not to hear things we don't wanna listen hahaha!

Daniel Chiam said...

Maybe there is a highest level of mind over matter. we can shut one of our senses by choice... uuuhh that will be cool... haha

HappySurfer said...

Happy weekend, Bananaz. Keeping fingers crossed for sunshine and blue skies for weekend frolicking. LOL

London Caller said...

You can rarely find chicken shit fruit here in London lah. ;)

Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ: Human and plastic no go?

Charmaine Pua Li Ping இ:Hearing without listening is it? haha.

Daniel Chiam இ:Possible you can achieve to shut all senses if you want to.

Bananazஇ said...

HappySurfer இ: Wish you have a dry and sunny weekend but chances R slim. You have a great weekend too.

London Caller இ:tQ for revisiting cant find any of those chicken shit fruit in London? Bananaz got a biz proposal haha.

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