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Deaf Or Blind?  
User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1219 times:

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

I'd rather be blind. I couldn't live without music, plus I could get one of those cool dogs.


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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5700 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

well I AM hearing-impaired  Wink

and I absolutely love it, i can still hear and all. Its being blind id rather not be thank you....



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User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

I would rather be deaf. I value my sight much more than my hearing... Loosing your sight would be much worse (and more dangerous) IMO.

User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

Neither I must admit... but if I had to choose, I guess I would choose blind too, because even if you can't see, you would still be able to touch and feel and get a mental image of what you have in front of you- whereas if you're deaf, you just can't replicate the sounds...

I wouldn't be able to live without music either- my iPod rules my world Big grin


User currently offlineTuffGong From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

thats a tough one, i think i'd rather be deaf, I'd much rather see everything and everyone than hear them.


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User currently offlineLentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Definitely deaf, I think I could function deaf, I just couldn't watch TV, Movies or Listen to music except with closed captioning but it would certainly suck to be blind and not be able to use the internet, read, see where I'm going, etc. We're a very visual species and I think that vision is ultimately our most important sense. Obviously it's ideal to be neither.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3638 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

I'd be deaf. No question!!

You can still do many things with poor hearing, but when blind? Forget about it!!


User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1181 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 1):
well I AM hearing-impaired  Wink

I think she means totally deaf though... you're still able to hear...

Hahaha, Alex doesn't count! *point/laugh*  Silly


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5700 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

Quoting Jap (Reply 7):

Ass Wink

I have an 80% hearing loss in both ears, my legal term is profoundly Deaf. I wear hearing aids that bring back 40% of my hearing, but without it I am legally Deaf.

so boo Big grin

Alex



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

Look at Helen Keller. She is both blind and deaf. Her life is in the books.

"A deaf person can do anything except hear"

"A blind person can do anything except see"

I am legally deaf. Born profoundly deaf. If I was blind, my life would be in different path.



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

ATrude777 (Alex) can speak and hear better than me. I am more "deaf" than him. I am proficient in American Sign Language. I attended the Ohio School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University.

And we have member here who is also deaf (that is ScottysAir). I believe he is profoundly deaf, just like me, and uses American Sign Language. He graduated from Florida School for the Deaf.

I am sure there are few more members here who are deaf. Do not we have members here who are legally blind?



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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1140 times:

Of course, I would choose neither, but the most wonderful things in life to me are the great compositions of the master composers, the works of the jazz masters, and the greats of rock and roll. While blindness would probably hinder my day-to-day efforts much more, I would choose blindness so that I could continue to play music in my local Symphony Orchestra and to listen to great music. A beautiful woman is recognized by a kind word and a gentle touch along the cheek and neck. A beautiful piece of music is lost when deaf.

On a related note: how the HELL did Beethoven compose his Ninth Symphony and all of his later works whilst stone deaf? It truly boggles the mind.


User currently offlineJ_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

I'd go for the deaf over blind...deaf people can drive...blind can't!
Also, one could kinda "hear" music via the vibrations so you wouldn't be 100% cutoff from that sensation...that's how I understood Beethoven worked in later years...



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

Think of it, if you went into a room would you prefer it to be silent and able to see everything, or totally dark and able to hear every sound without knowing its source or if it was real?

I could cope with deafness but not with being blind.



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User currently offlinePMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

I would rather be blind. Absolutely no doubt about it. Music is my life. Without it...Well...I don't even want to think about it...

Blind, definately.

Paul



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User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 10):
we have member here who is also deaf (that is ScottysAir). I believe he is profoundly deaf, just like me

September11, why is it that ScottysAir was unable to write proper english sentences? I remember reading a thread explaining that since he used American Sign Language, his english sentences were a direct translation, thus ending up with wrong words in the wrong order. I thought that it was because he was born Deaf and never talked English. But you say that you were born Profoundly Deaf too?


Kay


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8603 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1092 times:
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Quoting BCAL (Reply 13):
Think of it, if you went into a room would you prefer it to be silent and able to see everything,

one of my friends who has become deaf has told me that he does not live in a silent tranquil world - he has described it as a world of white noise which is a very different thing.



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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1088 times:

I don't know what I would rather be...

My fiancee would probably kill me if I became either of two anyway...

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12263 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1064 times:
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Quoting Kay (Reply 15):
September11, why is it that ScottysAir was unable to write proper english sentences? I remember reading a thread explaining that since he used American Sign Language, his english sentences were a direct translation, thus ending up with wrong words in the wrong order.

It could be that Scotty grew up in a deaf family, while Sept11 grew up in a hearing family. Exposure to English is important in order to learn the English grammar. ASL does not have tenses in the same way English does. An example is "I drove there". In ASL you'd sign "I DRIVE-FINISH THERE I".

There are also other "languages" used by deaf people on the Sign Language continuum. A very informal way is mime. It is mostly used within a family, where a sign might mean a certain thing to everybody in that family, but not to people outside the family. Then comes ASL, which is a proper language with grammar rules and everything. Pidgin Signed English (PSE) is another form of sign language. It is designed to bridge the gap between native ASL speakers, and native English speakers. You use ASL signs, but in English word order. The Rochester Method, or Visible English, is fingerspelling everything. It was invented at the Rochester School for the Deaf (hence the name) and is mostly used there. Cued Speech is the newest form of communication. This is very helpful for people who want to communicte fluently by form of lip reading. Only about 30% of the English language can be read on the lips, however, by use of cued speech, you can accomplish just about 100% reception. There are eight handshapes in four locations, and by combining lip reading with handshape and location, you know what word is being said.

Hope this cleared up a little of your questions. Oh, and I'd choose deaf over blind.



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1057 times:

Pardon? Big grin

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

Quoting TuffGong (Reply 4):
thats a tough one, i think i'd rather be deaf, I'd much rather see everything and everyone than hear them.



Quoting BCAL (Reply 13):
could cope with deafness but not with being blind.

My thoughts exactly - not being able to see fills me with terror

Claire


User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1008 times:

More seriously, and even though I'd rather be none, I would say blind. (those who know me will say I am partial).

You might not be able to drive when blind, but on a social side, blind people are much less isolated than deaf people. Contrary to a common belief, they can use the Internet (with difficulties I admit, but with a braille tablet, they do it quite easily). A blind person will interact quite normally with other people, while a deaf person will usually need to use sign language with people who know the sign language (granted, they might be able to read lips and speak, but not with the fluidity of a blind person).

A blind person is able to listen to the radio, to 'watch' TV. (heck, when I watch a TV show, I am usually doing something else, so I could not say I 'watch' TV more than I listen to it. However, I would miss a lot listening to the radio.

A deaf person cannot use a standard ring bell for his house, why a blind person has no problem with that.

Yes, I am partial, I know quite a few blind/visually impaired people. If you do not see them with their white stick, you might spend an evening with them without even noticing they are disabled. I don't know any deaf people who could claim that.

Regards,

707


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1005 times:

I would rather be deaf as this can be corrected quite easily with a hearing aid and does not impair too much your daily life.

I I were deaf i would have no problem in indulging in my day-to-day activities/pastimes i.e operating motor vehicles at prohibited speeds, cooking mean dishes, doing crossovers on fools on the ball court, taking aircraft pictures, etc...

All the above are difficult if not impossible to do while blind.

UTA  checkeredflag 



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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1004 times:

Cooking mean dishes and taking aircraft pictures is actually not impossible to do while blind.

Someday, I should upload on A.net some aircraft pictures taken by a blind person I know... That would be fun !!!

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1002 times:

I also forgot, how can one play GT4 on the PS2 when blind ?

UTA  checkeredflag 



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25 Post contains links SmithAir747 : I am deaf and legally blind. I have no middle or outer ears or ear canals on either side, so I am deaf. This is due to ear abnormalities secondary to
26 Kevinl1011 : Throw in Dumb and you'll sure play a mean pinball.
27 Post contains images Rodge : Deaf, then I would not have to listen to her at home nagging all the time.
28 Post contains images BNE : Neither. While the deaf person might be able to drive they won't be able to communicate once they get there, the blind person won't really go anywhere
29 707CMF : Although the blind person cannot drive, that does not mean she cannot get around. Either by public transportation, by feet... White canes and dogs ex
30 Post contains images Atrude777 : Speaking as a deaf person with 80% hearing loss I can counter every single thing you said... I am the most talkative person people have known, in oth
31 KaiGywer : Many (most?) Deaf do not look at deafness as a disability, but rather a gift.
32 Atrude777 : I consider it as a disability, not a gift.
33 Post contains images Vaporlock : Personally, I value my sight and hearing and I wouldn't want to have to live without either of them.....but, if I had to I would prefer to be deaf. I
34 Post contains images Gilligan : My wife says I am already deaf!
35 September11 : Deafness as a disability or as a gift? That depends. I know many pure "Deaf" families -- deaf grandparents, deaf parents, and deaf children -- that ar
36 Falcon84 : I'm almost completely deaf in my left ear, and have some hearing loss in my right. Plus I have very bad vision in my left eye, which I'm hoping to get
37 PIA777 : Becareful of what you ask for, you might get it. I would want neither!!! If you are asking which is worse, I would say Blindness. A deaf person can l
38 Jafa39 : I'm not a dog person so i would have to choose deaf. My daughter has 100% hearing loss in one ear, but it doesn't seem to hold her back any but lookin
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