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Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:12 pm

If you had to give up one of those senses, which one? For me it would be sight, as I couldn't imagine never hearing music again. How about you all?
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:15 pm

Definitely sight, as I couldn't imagine not hearing people's voices. I think that would freak me out to see people's mouths moving and not hearing a thing. Because you can visualize stuff from the rest of your senses, but you cant "hear"alize things.
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:17 pm

I wouldn't like to lose any of my senses. But since this is a question, I would give up hearing. My eyes are priceless and delicate, and I wouldn't imagine not being able to see again...

I think about the same thing for hearing, but there are ways around if you are deaf, and you can atleast see where you are going and you can read signs and read lips/sign language as you learn.

As for music, I heard that many deaf people can get around by still sensing vibrations, and that sense of touch becomes more sensitive.

To be honest, I would never want to end up in this situation, my 5 senses are priceless, as I woudl think everyone else would agree...

Interesting topic though, would like to see what people think.

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Tue May 07, 2002 1:21 pm

Another interesting thing, you would have trouble surfing on this website if it wasn't for your eyes. I believe you would have to learn so much more to get around and live life if you were to lose your sight.

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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:24 pm

true, but when you can hear, just ask people to help you. they'll see your blind and 99.99% of the time they'll help out.
deaf people have to rely on sign language.
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:59 pm

I would much rather lose my hearing. Deaf people can still drive cars. Deaf people still have a lot of mobility.
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 2:03 pm

Seems you'd be much more dependent on others if blind, and much more limited to types of employment.
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 3:11 pm

I'd lose my hearing. I thinkt it is actually more tortureous that they post braile all over the place. I'm all for helping the blind, deaf, etc. but can you imagine having to find that crap? Like in a hotel, how they have all the room numbers in braile. You gotta walk around feeling for every door, then find the braile next to it, and figure out what direction you gotta go, etc. Losing my hearing woulden't be easy because one thing I do when I'm bored (which is a lot) is listen to music.

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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 4:41 pm

I had an uncle who was blind, but most people didn't know - he was amazing. However, if I had to lose one, I guess I would rather lose hearing.
As you get older, you tend to lose the full range of your sight and hearing abilities anyway. While I have some small hearing loss (worked in many noisy places), and also now wear glasses for close reading, I find the occasional missed word a lot less annoying than fuzzy close vision without the glasses - if that's any help. Tuning people out can sometimes be an advantage!
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 9:12 pm

Wow. Difficult question.

My joyces in my life behing my work, which rely mostly on sight, and my hobbyes (mostly music) which relies on hearing and touching. I'd say I'd let go smelling, even if I love cooking
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Tue May 07, 2002 9:18 pm

While I would not want to lose my hearing, especially because I would not be able to listen to music, I would much rather keep my sight. Loss of sight really limits the things you can do. If you are deaf, you can still easily communicate, see, drive, ect.
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Wed May 08, 2002 4:22 am

I don't see why there's any second thought - hearing, obviously.

Then at least, there's the possibility of implants.
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Wed May 08, 2002 6:16 am

I would decide to lose my hearing over sight. I rarely pay attention to what other people say anyway, and if I couldn't hear them it would give me carte blanche to do things they've already complained about. It would allow me to act like the jackass that is my true self.

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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Wed May 08, 2002 12:05 pm

Easy answer to a difficult question. However, I have considered this before.
I would rather lose my hearing than my sight. I can hear all the music I need from memory, I just can't imagine not being able to see my daughters smile or the face of the woman I love. For that matter I want to see what an A380 looks like, I want to be able to walk my dog, see a sunset, the stars, the plants around me flowering and the sights provided by a good thunderstorm.
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Wed May 08, 2002 12:08 pm

Wow! That's very interesting question!

The problem is that most of the deaf people's language were poor because they cannot hear and remind themselves from what hearing people said. That is why it is very difficult for them to look for the words before saying... Sign language is useless because they don't have "verb". For example you said "It is an apple" and for the deaf people's sign language said "It an apple"!

Anyway I'm deaf but I'm happy with my life because I love quiet and make me feel relax so that I can sleep when the noisy engine from the plane passing over my house at 3am!

I heard that most hearing people want to be deaf because they really hate to hear very loud voice, noisy engine, etc.... They wish they could turn the "hearing" volume down in their ears! But you can't!

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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Wed May 08, 2002 12:11 pm

That's a tough one for me. I've had congenital hearing loss since I was born-very bad in my left ear, moderate in my right ear. So I've had to rely on my sight to help compensate for that occasionally. Yet I can't imagine not hearing my children, or my wife, or my kids.

Yet my eyes have taken a few beatings in the last few years. My old dog, who just died last summer, and I were playing about 8 or 9 years ago, and he inadverdently scratched me right across the center of my left eye. The vision in that eye, that was almost perfect, is no very bad uncorrected. Then about 2 weeks ago, I was tussling with my 3 year old son, and somehow I accidentally poked myself in my right eye. For about a week, driving at home at night was a nightmare, as everything was very distorted. It got better over the week, and I also started to wear my glasses driving home, so it's given me a new appreciation of my eyesight as well.

So I can't decide!

Btw, I just went out today and ordered a pair of hearing aids from Miracle Ear. Had the molds made today, in fact. They're having a sale-buy a pair of their regular hearing aids, and they upgrade you to their top-of-the-line digital hearing aids-it's about 3 grand for the regular pair, and it normall costs over 6 grand for the top-of-the-line digitals. I should have them in 3 to 4 weeks, and I'll let you know how it's helping me.
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Wed May 08, 2002 12:15 pm

Absolutely, hearing would have to go. The main joy of travel is based on what I can see. I take pictures everywhere. It would defeat the purpose of travel to not even get to see the actual place. Also, finding work would be much more difficult without sight than without hearing. As a blind person, I would probably become a large burden on my wife.
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RE: Sight Or Hearing?

Wed May 08, 2002 4:05 pm

Well, like ALPHA1, I have a cogential form of moderate deafness. It's always been there, and I'm really not concerned with what I may be missing out on. My language development ( by some small miracle ) has been normal, and my education has not suffered in any way. I hear people speaking ( when they are within a few feet of my vicinity ), and enough to cope - hearing aids are useful for watching the television, listening out for the phone, and picking up the little things that I occasionally miss.

As for sight ? I could not imagine never being able to read. One of my greatest pleasures is to curl up on a lazy afternoon in bed, reading a good novel. I've always maintained knowledge can best be absorbed through the written word, and to think I'd never be able to read another novel is much more distressing than not being able to hear the inane repetitive beats that pass for modern music.

Hearing loss, can to a large extent be managed. For those profoundly deaf, there's a cochlea implant which stimulates the auditory nerves and goes some way towards " restoring " an adequate level of hearing - if such an operation ( in the future as technology advances ) can in fact produce better sensory output than what we are born with - then I will gladly go through with it.

I'm of the belief that technology will eventually advance to a level where we can replace our natural, evolutionary senses with a better model.

There's just too much I want to see in the world too easily give that up. I want to fly in a glider plane through the Grand Canyon, have lunch atop the Space Needle and marvel at the mountains and scenery, walk through Paris in the rain awed by the architecture and to be able to appreciate all the things in this world that we're capable of creating.

I'd like my hearing back, but I've managed to cope without - I really could not fathom life without seeing it through my own visual lens.

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