This is a good question. I think that both of these statements are most appropriate, but I tend to do them in different ways. The first statement, I think, is a bit more on-topic, while the second is more on-the-nose.
The first statement is more appropriate because we are looking at a person who has been deaf for thirty years. The second statement is appropriate because we are looking at a person who has been a deaf-blind person.
If you want to talk about the relationship between hearing and listening (or even between thinking and hearing), you want to talk about the way a person hears. If you want to talk about the relationship between hearing and not hearing (or even between thinking and not-thinking), you want to talk about the way a person listens.
While we usually think of hearing and listening as two distinct activities, we are actually all about the same thing. When we hear, we receive information from the world around us. We can be told more than we can understand, or we may just be receiving information from a person who can’t understand us. We can also be told what we cannot understand. If a person can’t hear us, we are usually not hearing them.
Our ears are probably the most important sensory organ in our bodies. They are connected to our brain, which is in some ways more like our heart. Our brains receive information from the world around us as we hear it. When we are listening to someone we are also receiving that person’s interpretation of that world.
The human ear contains a tiny cochlea, which is the part of our inner ear that detects the sounds we are hearing. It also processes what we are hearing. It is an extremely precise organ. It is used for both sight and sound. We have a very good hearing and very poor vision, and we are able to use our sense of hearing to decode the world around us.
In the case of a deaf person, our sense of hearing is actually a little more developed than ours is for the rest of us. We get all the sounds that we hear in much more detail and with the highest-pitch voices. The human ear is also capable of processing sounds in a much wider range of frequencies than our own. Our ears are also used to differentiating our own voices from others, so our hearing is used to a greater extent than ours is.
to use our sense of hearing to decode the world around us.
It is the hearing that’s the most important sense in the world, so when you tell me that my hearing is good enough for you, that’s a lie. In fact, my hearing is about right; I can’t hear much of anything in the way of sound anyway. My ears don’t register any sound at all, so they’re perfectly fine. But let’s suppose that I’m wrong.
Because our ability to hear is so important, we also are able to discriminate between sounds we know we don’t like and those we know we do. Even if your hearing has gotten a bit better, you may still be able to hear the difference between a rat-trapped rat and a rat with wings. This makes it easy to distinguish between sounds that are different than what you’re used to.