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This sounds like a visual equivalent of Obscure Auditory Dysfunction (OAD).
OAD is characterized by a self-report of difficulty hearing in noise despite
normal audiometric thresholds. This has also been called King-Kopetzky
syndrome and discriminatory hearing loss.
From: AUDITORY Research in Auditory Perception [mailto:] On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 10:08 AM
Is anyone aware of an audio equivalent of 'blindsight'?
Here is a definition of blindsight:
Absence of visual awareness despite the presence of
capacity. Some brain-damaged humans retain discriminative
capacities in portions of the visual field-manifested,
example, in correct 'guesses' concerning what is there -
which they report they can see nothing. (Removal of the
visual cortex in the rhesus monkey also apparently
For more info on blindsight:
Aniruddh D. Patel
The Neurosciences Institute
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive
San Diego, CA 92121