by Macy Johnson
“Faith comes from hearing the message,
and the message is heard through the
word of Christ.”
(Romans 10:17 NIV)
have problems understanding others, especially your "significant other"? Do you
blame them for mumbling? My husband has accused me of having a hearing problem.
I misunderstand about 25% of his words, especially if he is turned away from me
while speaking. I have had this difficulty all my life and recently identified
what could be part of the problem.
my laptop computer and googled, “hearing something other than what was said.”
Up popped Auditory Processing Disorder. “Do I have that?” I asked myself.
described in WebMD as: “Having a hard time hearing small sound differences
in words. It isn’t hearing loss or a learning disorder. It means your brain
doesn’t “hear” sounds in the usual way. Someone says, “Please raise your hand,”
and you hear something like “Please haze your plan.” It’s not a problem with
signal went out during a storm. When it returned, the sound did not sync with
the picture by a split-second. The voices did not match the commentators’
moving lips. It made me crazy! I realized I largely depend on lip-reading to
understand the sounds coming from a person’s mouth. I watch their lips move to help
make sense of their words.
pandemic has created a new twist on this disorder. I have a difficult time
understanding someone who wears a virus-protecting facemask, because I cannot
watch their lips move.
If I have
trouble hearing people, do I have trouble hearing God? How many times has He
repeated Himself so I could understand? Imperfections can draw me closer to
listen to God and others with Christ’s love in order to avoid any confusion. I
hope you will, too!