The hereing thing has a biological answer.
A nerv is like a light switch. it's either on or off, it can't be any
stronger than it is.
That being said if you pay attention to one particular sense you'll gain
more info from it anyway, for instance I regularly had arguements in
aesthetics (philosophy of art and sensation), about whether a sense of smell
could represent an object or not.
Most people argued that a sense of smell was only an incidental extra sense
and not actually any use in discerning subtle qualities of objects.
I disagreed muchly, being as smell is yet another thing I use frequently in
navigation along with hereing, touch, and my remaining vision. There is for
instance one road in Durham which I'm able to find because of the Sub way on
the corner, and I can always find my bank because the shop next to it is a
news agent and grossers and I can thus smell paper etc.
Beware the Grue!
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