Spend between from 15- 30 minutes ″observing″ without using your hearing. Rely on your sight, smell, touch or taste (if appropriate). You can use earplugs or noise cancelling headphones (if you have them) to aid in diminishing your hearing. During this time try to perform several different tasks that you would normally, such as watching television (muted), or walking outside all while not using your hearing. After your observation time is over, please answer the following questions in 2-3 pages. Briefly describe how sound travels through the ear to the auditory nerve. During the activity, what other senses were you using and how did you use them to accomplish your tasks to perceive the world around you? What information did you pick up on that you may have ignored if you were using your sense of hearing? Define habituation and sensory adaptation. Provide examples from your observation time of habituation and/or sensory adaptation to support your response. While this activity was only for a short amount of time, describe how your perception might change if one of your senses was permanently lost.