Video messages claim to show a boy named Ben Underwood, who supposedly is blind and can yet ‘see’ things using the clicking noises with his tongue. Yes, it is a fact, an extraordinary talent.
As shown in the documentary video, Ben Underwood used echolocation technique to help his navigation, and even without eyes, he could accomplish feats like running, playing basketball, riding a bicycle, skateboarding and even fight a karate match.
As mentioned above, Ben Underwood, although blind, could locate and almost ‘see’ things around him using the technique called Human Echolocation. Human echolocation is the ability of humans to detect objects in their surroundings by sensing the echoes from those objects. They do this by actively creating sounds – for example, by tapping their canes, stomping their foot lightly or even making clicking noises with their mouths, like in the present case of Ben.
Ben Underwood became popular as the boy who saw without eyes, and was even featured in People’s magazine and Oprah show. But unfortunately, Ben Underwood died on 19 January 2009 at the age of 16, from the same cancer that took his vision.
Experts said that Ben’s mother Aquanetta Gordon played a crucial role in not letting her child down when he was blinded, which helped him develop the inspiring attitude and efforts to ‘see’ things. This is a good example to show how the right kind of support and effort can do the extraordinary!