Joan Raymond writes: Have you ever taken off your glasses only to discover that besides being blind as bat, you can't hear too well either? You're not alone. There's even a small cadre of Facebook folks who gather under the group: "I can't hear you, I don't have my glasses on."
According to Lawrence Rosenblum, professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, the phenomena - though not highly researched - is plausible. "What we understand about the perceptual brain is that our senses integrate, and though we don't think we use sight in hearing, we lip-read all the time," and also get clues from teeth and tongue movement, says Rosenblum, author of "See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses." So if you can't see with your glasses off, you can't "hear" very well, either.
I'm glad I'm not alone in needing to put my glasses on so I can hear someone better!