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Weigh In - Which of Your 5 Senses Could You NOT Live Without?
10/03/2008 - By by Beth Burke

Weigh In - Which of Your 5 Senses Could You NOT Live Without?

Weigh In - Which of Your 5 Senses Could You NOT Live Without?

Imagine all your favorite things to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. Maybe it’s the spectacular view from the top of a mountain, the aroma of fresh-baked cookies or a fragrant rose, the sound of Mozart (or Maroon 5), the taste of a gourmet meal, or the feel of a cool sun shower on a hot summer day. Now imagine that you had to do without all those sensations except for one.



Before you answer, consider the following:





There are approximately 10 million blind and visually impaired people in the United States. Every 7 minutes someone else will join this group.

 


Hearing loss is the number one disability in the world, affecting 28 million Americans. Among those, 17 in 1,000 are children under age 18, about 1/3 are people over 65, and add to the list 60% of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, including Bono and Eric Clapton.



Taste and smell are so closely linked that the loss of one often results in the loss of the other. Approximately 2 million Americans have a smell or taste disorder. While you may think of these senses as less important, imagine not being able to smell a gas leak, a smoldering fire, or taste spoiled food – without these “early warning systems” life could be very dangerous.



Although disorders relating to touch are rare, almost everything we do involves movement and the way we perceive our environment. Studies done on people who lost this sense show that it results in devastating impairments of hand dexterity, walking, perception of body parts, plus chewing difficulties and impaired speech.



Pretty heavy stuff for things that many of us take for granted, huh? So which would you choose to keep?




Living In Colts Neck recently posed that thought-provoking question to area residents. For some it was an instant response; others realized how all five senses truly work in harmony to enable us to experience the world around us, and it was a tough decision. In the end, however, there seemed to be a definite favorite.



**Statistics sources: American Foundation for the Blind, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Guitar Player Magazine, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.



COLTS NECK 
Alex Ingles

 




I wouldn’t give up sight because if I were blind I would miss seeing my family, dog, and friends…and I would miss watching TV!



Alex Ingles
 

It’s a hard choice between taste and sight, but I would choose to keep sight because if I couldn’t see I would bump into things all the time and I couldn’t play sports. If I couldn’t taste it would be okay because then I would eat all those yucky tasting foods that I can’t stand, like broccoli!


—Lucas Ingles
 

I’d keep my sight, because I would need to know where to drive, and if  I couldn’t see I wouldn’t be able to do all the things I would need and want to do.


—Alexa Della Ferra
 

I love to feel things like my mom’s hugs, my kitten’s fur, and the coolness of the ocean water on a hot day, so I’d say touch is what I would keep.


—Emily Burke

 


I’d have to keep my hearing because I talk way too much and I love music. Obviously, the loss of a sense would be hard, but would you really like to see things if you couldn’t discuss your thoughts about them?

—Caitlin Davis
 

I want to keep taste because I like all foods…especially cookies!!


—Meredith Basile
 

I’d keep my sight because I wouldn’t want to walk into walls…besides, I would still be able to learn sign language! I wouldn’t mind losing taste because I hardly eat anything anyway.



—Charles Basile
 

I would keep my sight so I would know where I’m going; I could still read and could still play my video games.


—Kenneth Davis
 



I definitely could not lose the sense of sight because I love to read and would be lost without books, especially since I just started the new Harry Potter book!



Ashley Basile
 

I wouldn’t want to live without seeing because I would trip over things more than I do now, and I wouldn’t be able to do gymnastics. Instead of catching the high bar I would either hit my head on it or do a face plant into the floor!


— Lizzie Gerbino
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I cannot imagine not being able to hear songs that move me or the sounds of people that I love and cherish.


—Liz Dritsas
 

As a musician, I couldn’t live without hearing. If I had no other senses I could at least still be able to hear and play music.


—B.J. Willis
 



To be without sight and in total darkness would be unbearable to me. I need to see my children’s and husband’s smiles each day, along with watching them grow into the wonderful adults they are becoming. We are also lucky enough to be living in such a beautiful area that to not see the changing seasons would be quite empty.



Cathy Della Ferra
 

Hearing is ultra-important for communication. Picking up nuances in voices/tone gives you a better idea of the point someone is trying to get across. I also love many types of music and it inspires me tremendously. I would like to eliminate the “Honey, could you please.....” frequency from my hearing, though!


—Joe Clark
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I couldn’t imagine not being able to smell flowers, all my favorite foods, or my baby’s just-washed skin.


—Dana Tyler




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