Deaf or blind

@Anne18 (11036)
November 29, 2008 12:38pm CST
If you had a choice would you rather be deaf or blind if you had to choose a disability. I would rather be deaf, would mean I would n't be able to hear music which is important ot me, wouldn't be able to work as i work via phone. BUT......... I would be able to see my children's faces and play with them, lip read them.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I have read that being deaf it worse than being blind, I know that is hard to believe but when you are blind, your hearing becomes very acute, but if you can't hear your eyes don't compensate as well. I'm very lucky that I don't have to be one or the other.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
29 Nov 08
My oldest daughter's mother in law is deaf and she can feel the vibrations of a lot of loud things like music turned up or when her son used to play the drums she would know and she would go in there and play the drums also. She has never heard her grandchildren's voices but she can see them smile and see their happiness.
• United States
29 Nov 08
It's not that your hearing becomes acute when your blind, its just that you depend on it much more.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Actually your hearing really does improve, as does your sense of touch. This has been shown in quite a few studies. Sighted people have great difficulty learning braille, but if you cover their eyes for a few weeks they can distinguish the dots just as a blind person can.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I would choose blindness because my vision isn't that great now and even though it would mean giving up photography which I love and giving up a lot of my volunteer work (you can't really work with seals if you're blind), I would hate to give up music. I play quite a few musical instruments and I love listening to great artists like Larry Adler. I would be quite sad if I could never hear Larry Adler again, even if it meant I couldn't see him.
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@candytang (341)
• China
1 Dec 08
At here,I have the same opinion with you.If must choose a disability,I should choose to be deaf,though with that I couldn't hear the voice of my parents,friends,relatives or my lover,I can see them and know it from their face.I can also go outside to do my favorite traveling and don't need to hear the unpleasant words . But,I still appreciate that I can hear and see and enjoy the life.
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@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I am legally blind in one eye and low vision on the other, I have to be tell you that either blind or deaf is not something that I want to be. I would probably make a third choice and type to be mute but it is not up to me.
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@messageme (2821)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I think I would rather be deaf, but that's for the simple fact I like quietness. I hate when things are so loud. And I have a VERY loud household!! It would be nice to just sit in quietness, but then I would hate the fact that I wouldn't be able to hear my kids talk to me or when they have concerts at school not to be able to hear them sing.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Nov 08
I would have to be deaf too Anne. When I was in my teens I had a girlfriend whose parents were both profoundly deaf. They had a good standard living, worked, drove and socialised. Lights went off when the door bell rang or the telephone rang. They could lip read and enjoyed life. I wouldn't want to, but I think that I could cope with that over blindness any day.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Dec 08
All women are beautiful to me Myklj! Being sighted I can always close my eyes.
@gbeast95 (505)
• United States
29 Nov 08
i have no idea. i would choose neither but if i really had to choose it would probibally be deaf. if i was blind i could never go on the computer again. also if i was blind i could never see my friends family or anything. i hope i never have to choose because i would not like to live with any of those.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Actually there are a lot of computer programs to help blind people use the computer. I've used quite a few of them because I have difficulty with reading, so I'd have to say I wouldn't worry to much about not being able to use a computer. Although I'd be very sad to not be able to see beautiful pictures online and watch videos.
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
9 Jun 09
This is a really good discussion because there are a lot of people in this world who have to live with disabilities such as being blind or being deaf,and they have to get used to life with the disability which I know has to be hard,and it makes them not being able to do certain things that they may enjoy,and I am sure that there are a lot of people who would choose to be blind so that way they could still here,and then I am sure there are a lot of people who would choose to be deaf so they could still see,and then I am sure there are a lot of people who would not know which disability to pick,when it comes to me I do not know which one I would pick because if I picked to be blind then I would not be able to see my fiances smiling face which would be devastating to me,and I do not know what I would do without seeing her,but if I was deaf then I would not be able to hear her beautiful voice which would also be devastating,but if I had to pick one I would probably pick to be deaf because then I could at least hear my fiance,and I would be able to see enough to get around,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting my friend.
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
If there's no other choice and these two is the only option. Then i would rather be a deaf person. Because I can't bear being blind not to be able to see my family,the sunshine and how beautiful this world is.
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
6 Jun 09
Well, if it is just blind or deaf, then I will choose deaf because when you are blind, life is really difficult as you cannot see anything. You cannot see the traffic signs, you cannot see the buses arriving at the station, you cannot see your loved ones, you cannot see the bills. But deaf is nothing as simple as not able to hear. Think about it, if you cannot listen to anything since you are born, how can you ever learn how to speak? The problem is that you don't know what it sounds like for the things you want to talk about. Thus, deaf can sometimes means unable to speak.
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
5 Jun 09
I don't want to choose either of the two, both senses are too precious, but for discussion purposes, I guess being deaf is better than being blind. Eyes acknowledges the beauty of surroundings, can perfectly see lights and darkness, can see facial expressions of people while blind can only acknowledge sounds and hard to visualize how's people facial expression. Aside from that i guess there are ways of recovering hearing than recovering eye sight. Ear surgery are popular nowadays which helps a lot of people to hear again. For the eyesight, i haven't heard anyone who has an eye transplant to gain eyesight.
@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
22 May 09
Yes, I agree with you. I also would choose to be deaf instead of blind. What a world without light ? Further, there are gadgets for deaf people like hearing aids etc, but there is no such device for blinds.
• United States
17 Dec 08
I would prefer to be blind.I am a retired musician but I still love to listen to music.
• United States
16 Dec 08
I wouldn't want to be deaf or blind but if I had to choose one I would choose deaf. I know I wouldn't be able to hear people but I could probably learn to feel the vibrations. I could also be able to see to read people's lips to know what they were saying. Also, I would want to be able to see my son and how he grows and to see what he looks like over a period of time. I also want to be able to see my husband and my parents and friends too.
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
If I have to choose between a deaf and a blind. I would choose deaf. There are good hearings aids now adays. But still i could the sky, and all the beautiful creation of God. and I could still see my husband and my friends. I could still read and read and read. It would be so horrible if lost my eyes. I would probably wish to go heaven early too. But still I just hope and pray that it wont happen to me and anyone from my family.
• Pakistan
11 Dec 08
Pray to God and pay the thanks you are not deaf and blind. Both of these human qualities are much and more valued. Health is wealth. Don’t wish to loss this God gifted wealth. This is good that you are seeing the faces of your children and this is also very good you are listening their voices. It is an option to you that if you can listen or not listen some one. I would never choose to become deaf or blindness. I would pray for their goodness. As I need both eye and ear to use for good living.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
9 Dec 08
[i]Hello [u]Anne18,[/u] I would rather be deaf than blind. Being blind is hard. We live to have all our senses in tact and having one or two disability is really bad. The good thing is we will develop new abilities if we lost something. It may no be as good as the one we loss but it will help us survives. I am a good listener and losing my hearing will be bad but I think it is better that losing my eyesight. Regards.[/i]
@freda529 (136)
• China
1 Dec 08
I'd rather be a deaf.As you said,I could know what they are talking about from lip reading.But if I'm a blind,there's no way to help me to know what the things really look like.
@quinnkl (1668)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I would much rather keep my sight. As a reader, I can't imagine not being able to read a book. It would depress me immensely. I am already hearing impaired so I know I can live with that (or without hearing well and then maybe at all). But I agree, not to be able to see my son grow would be horrible for me.
@gtdonna (1740)
30 Nov 08
Can't I just choose neither However to answer the question, I would rather be deaf, at least I can learn sign language and read lips...I love to watch the sun rise and dun set and to see my daughter smilign and happy.