Jap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1238 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
Lentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1227 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.
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1171 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.
J_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1146 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...
Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1887 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1128 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?
KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12300 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1095 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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707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1039 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.
UTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1036 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.
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