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As much as I love being about to hear, I'd rather be deaf than blind. As other stated, the difficulty of living isn't as hard. I'm so used to reading subtitles now it wouldn't be a big change. Being able to paint, read something that relies on pictures like comics, doujin, manga. Look at my figure collection. DRIVE A CAR!

And since this post is about losing these functions and not being born without them, I know what most things sound like so you can just add the memory of the sound to what you see. Oh, and even though it isn't the same as hearing, technically deaf people can still feel the vibrations of music and get a sense of it through touch. So you still have some faculty of "hearing" music for all you people that are obsessed with music and it is your "life"
Posted 3/22/15
Deaf. Then I can volunteer for that new sensory substitution thing that was on TED talk.
Posted 3/22/15
I'd rather be deaf since I could still see what i need to hear o -o
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Blind since music is like my life blood. I would absolutely hate it if I became unable to enjoy the thing that never gets old for me.
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I'm deaf in my left ear and it's better than not being able to see.
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Deaf... because.. yeah
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21 / M / Canada eh
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This is a hard one.

I love travelling and seeing landscapes and cities. And I won't be able to look at my gf's beautiful face and smile anymore. So I wouldn't choose blind.

But I also play and love music a lot. I've grown up with music since day one. So I wouldn't choose deaf either.

I really don't know what to choose ahaha ^^"
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blind.
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I say deaf. The world would be much calmer without the everyday noise.
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I'm gonna go with deaf.
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Deaf. As an art student who hopes to become a professional artist, I can't afford to lose my vision. :/
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I would not choose deaf or blind, even though I am already deaf. I would like to share from my experience why blind people are more difficult than deaf.

- Deaf people cannot hear phone but they can use video phone or TTY.
- Own language? Yes, American Sign Language.
- School Life? Yes, They can go deaf school or mainstream school or normal school with interpreter.
- Friend? Yes, they can any friends but after graduation, they hard to get new one.
- Job? They can get job but limit and inconvenience.
- Parent? Sadly, no all parents are willing to learn ASL and communicate children.
- Marriage and Family. They are normal.
- Lip reading is not easy and inaccurate. For example: Coupon...Oopon.

- Blind people cannot see but they can hear EXCEPT deaf blind
- Blind deaf read book by using braille. They use special keyboard and monitor for typing but no all blind people can use.
- Own language? Yes, English (If they can hear) ASL for deaf blind. Some blind people can write if they are not full blind.
- School Life? Tough! You need mentor or someone support them.
- Friend? Yes, they can but tough because their mutual feeling is not exactly same with normal people.
- Job? Too limit unlike deaf people because almost all jobs are required to see.
- Parent? They support blind people's needs but communication is depend on how good parent.
- Marriage and family. Some people are willing to marry blind people but blind people would not marry blind people. Again, mutual feeling is not exactly same with normal people.
- Public access such as public restroom, elevator, shopping, etc. Tough! Deaf blind is worst!
- Imagination? They can only imagine the shape, texture and other senses except seeing.
Posted 3/22/15
Music is special to me and I could at least understand dubbed anime and some Japanese words so I'm gonna go with blind.
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Very tough choice. Losing either sense would be incredibly devastating.

I'd probably choose to be deaf. Sight is too important for daily life. I might lose the ability to enjoy music and talk, which is very bad, but I'm not compromising my ability to survive as much. I can still appreciate nice scenery, read, etc.
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For me this is not a hard choice. In my 20s I developed cataracts in both eyes, and back then they didn't want to operated on them until you were practically blind. It was sort of funny when I was being examined to see how much I could see. The nurse asked me to take off my sunglasses and cover my left eye and tell her what I could read off of the eye chart. I told her I couldn't even see the eye chart. So she started walking towards me and I could finally see fingers at about 3 feet.

After my first surgery with the first lens implant and after they took the gauze off they left me with a metal eye patch that had holes in it. When I walked outside of the hospital I was looking at the leaves on the trees. It was the first time in years I could actually clearly see them. And, it was a wonderful sight.

Deafness as in hearing loss can be corrected with hearing aids. I am low tone deaf at this time, but my high pitch hearing is damn good.

So my choice would be being deaf, it sucks not being able to see the neat and beautiful things that are around us.
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