First Hearphone outing: dinner, four couples, noisy restaurant. After overcoming geeky self-consciousness and putting on Hearphones, could easily converse with people nearby, up to two away (rectangular table). Could hear/understand two soft-spoken women at far end of table. But couldn’t converse, because they couldn’t hear me, unless I bellowed (which I don’t).
Over next couple of days, found other enjoyable applications for Hearphones:
-Sitting outside, dark night, rural area, very quiet, by pool. Turned World to 35, treble up a little. And was immersed in rich, pleasant cacophony. Frogs ribbiting in nearby pool (how to get rid of frogs in pool?). Crickets, in seeming millions, cricking in surrounding grasslands. Other frogs, deeper (bullfrogs?), in stockpond two hundred yards away. Distant coyote, excited. All loud and crisply clear (not unpleasantly loud), and fun to hear.
-Outside on warm summer early evening. Quiet, so turned World to 40, treble to 7. In an aural aviary. Barn swallows swooping, squeaking, rattling (feeding hatchlings in nests nearby). House finches chattering and warbling. Mockingbirds making up flat, oddball tunes. Mourning doves mourning. One gawk from a heron heading home for the evening. The birds were there all along, of course, but the Hearphones moved them up front and gave them a kind of drama. How do birders do without these things?
-Warm early summer morning. Breezy. Wild oats, thick stand, almost five feet high, dry, blowing in wind. Turned World to 40, treble to 8. And heard, very clearly, the sound of the wild oats, blowing in the wind, rustling against each other. Reminded me of sound of bamboo forest in wind, klacking against each other from Asian movie (Crouching Tiger?). But gentler, more a grassy purr. I’ve never heard anything like it.