25. Peripheral hearing

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25. Peripheral hearing

Post by bjkwon » June 14th, 2020, 5:06 pm

Peripheral vision is critical to spatial awareness. While you stare at an object, your brain unconsciously scans your surroundings and prepares you to react to them as needed. Vision problems interfere with our ability to cope with complex, dynamic environment. Hearing loss also can have negative impact on our orientation and navigation. Danger approaching you sideways or from behind alerts you auditorily before visually. A mental map of objects you draw from auditory cues helps you make split-second decisions and saves you from a disaster. The importance of "peripheral hearing" for spatial awareness is mostly underappreciated.

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