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Bidirectional Sound to Noise Synaesthesia

I talked about bidirectional synaesthesia in one of my last week’s blogs. In the same blog, I also mentioned about Thomas’ sound to sound perception which only involved one sensory. This time, I am combining these two concepts together and discussing a very unusual bidirectional sound to noise synaesthesia.

Thomas insists on the name “Sound to Noise” as he does not think that “Sound to Sound” makes sense. In his little mind, he was thinking about the same thing as what I have been wondering, i.e., how come an inducer and a concurrent can be the same sensory? At least by having two different words, even though they virtually mean the same thing in his synaesthetic experience, makes him feel more comfortable about his perception.

Almost all Thomas’ sound to noise synaesthesia is bidirectional. When he hears The Ants Go Marching song, he can hear a quite noise of ants picking up things. The reverse is also true. I have observed that when a person experiences synaesthesia, he/she can tell what a sound, or a smell, or a taste is regardless how subtle it might be.

Here are a few other examples of bidirectional sound to noise synaesthesia that Thomas experiences often:

Two hands open and close like clamshell <-> people snoring
People crunching food <-> people munching food
Wasps stinging <-> bees stinging
Oven cooking food <-> people punching
Footy match <-> cricket match
People swimming <-> people diving

Accordingly to Thomas, his unidirectional sound to noise synaesthesia may not be as common as his bidirectional synaesthesia. One example is that when he hears animals eating, he can also hear people eating. However, when he hears people eating, he does not hear animals eating.

I am very interested to know if there are other people out there who have sound to noise synaesthesia, or any other synaesthesia types that only involve one sensory. I asked Skye the same question. He first said of course not as he thought it was impossible. But then he had a think, and said to me that occasionally eating certain food could trigger another synaesthetic flavour. So it does seem that Sound to Sound, Flavour to Flavour, Smell to Smell, and Touch to Touch may all be legitimate synaesthesia types that yet to be documented and investigated.

With Skye returning from a school camp and Thomas recovering from a bad virus, the house is full of laughter again. But unfortunately, my blog site was badly attacked by spam comments and traffic last few days. I had to change the comments setting to registered users only which will no doubt bring inconvenience to genuine readers. I also had to block multiple networks which may wrongly block out some readers and legitimate feed crawlers. Unfortunately, there was no simple resolution. The attack was too vicious.

This unpleasant experience has indeed dampened my enthusiasm of writing regular blogs. After putting a lot of effort and passion into creating this blog site, I started to question myself if it is worth continuing. I asked my children how many more types of their synaesthesia that I haven’t covered. Thomas said probably 40 to 50. I was very surprised, and asked him if he was sure. He said at least 23 more types, not sure where he got that figure from. Skye said probably 30 more types for him as well.

Therefore, I should have more reasons to continue writing this blog. It will never be possible for me to fully describe my children’s synaesthetic perception. But I do hope my writing will give you a glimpse of how children synaesthetes live a normal, happy and creative life.

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