ok so, you can't ignore being blind. That is like ignoring that you are paralyzed. You cannot do it. Every way you do things, you do it that way likely because you are blind. If you were a sighted person, for instance, you would likely use your eyes more often to perform those very same tasks. Also on help, while it is true that sighted people also ask for help, it is mainly for technical things and such. Blind people have to ask for help more often, and for things a sighted person would never ask for help for. There is a very large difference between asking for help to clean out a pc, and to cross the street.
As for the brain, from studies I have read, some of that 50% actually sits, and atrophies during early inphancy, in the pruning phase of the brain, where many unused brain cells are killed off. So no, you don't actually use all of that to process sound etc. Even for the parts that you do, it is an adaptation, which indicates that blindness is serious. The occipital lobes were not designed to be used as audio processing devices. Your disabled body basicly hacks the brain, and forces a part of the brain, through sensory input to assume a role it wasn't designed to do. A kind of hacking I would say. Similar to trying to use your feet as hands.
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