Laura is off to Rexburg to drop off her daughter for school. So Lisa and I have been walking in the morning and she had a great topic I haven't been able to let go. On one of her daughters applications for a job as a sign language interpreter it asked if a person was deaf all of their life, would they be "restored" with hearing or without in the resurrection ? (At least I think that was the gist of it.) I think they wanted to know how the applicant felt about "disabilities" etc.
I've come to the conclusion that we are all "deaf" and blind and don't have all the senses that we could possibly want in this life. Adam and company lived many more years than we do - why? Because the ozone layer was thicker, mutant genes, environmental damage etc. etc. So if we get "restored"will we have the abilities that we were suppose to have from heaven, but because of factors beyond our control (and some in our control) our lives are limited to what is now available? Let's even go back to Adam and Eve's bodies before they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Marvelous bodies that were cut short to one of the Lord's days. If there is a restoration we shouldn't expect a limited earthly body but a glorified one. I wonder what that is - impervious to illness would be a good start. Could we hear what an elephant hears or a whale? Without a veil could we see further, brighter with more colors? Could we feel more from our heart and minds? Would communication of all senses be better? Maybe mind to mind.
My answer to this question would be yes, hearing would be restored in a much broader fashion to ALL of us who are deaf to some extent or another in this world.