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Deaf obviously, don't be an idiot.
End of thread.
maybe I've really not thought it through properly. I know that deaf people have their own deaf community, which has its own very proud identity, but the thoguht just terrifies me in a way that going blind doesn't. I know life would be a lot harder in a practical sense if I was blind, but I reckon there's ways round that. Never hearing again. Oh God, It really really frightens me.
innit plus being so dependent on others would be pretty terrifying and even the most ordinary mundane task would become mamoth.
Sunn O's b-sides than see my newborn son's face'
* clearly not at newborn stage
<this could easily now go off on a ginger kids tangent, I know>
so let's say that, please? it'll make me feel better about the whole thing.
I'd much rather be blind.
The main reason is because being blind doesn't automatically cut you off from human interaction. Being deaf does.
Are we talking moderately deaf or profoundly deaf?
For the purposes of this thread I was interpreting it as being profoundly blind or profoundly deaf.
Profoundly. She can lip read and talk.
...genuinely bad form on my part.
But yes obviously many people who are deaf are able to communicate ably. This clearly wasn't covered in my rather extreme initial statement. I do believe from a generalised point of view though that those who are deaf experience more difficulties with human interaction than those who are blind do...
...that human beings interact. Sure, text messaging and Email have completely revolutionised the way that deaf people communicate and these have eased the problems associated with being deaf significantly.
Obviously there's sign language as well but that takes absolutely years to learn to a conversational standard. Well BSL does anyway.
Maybe my initial statement was a bit much but I would argue that the isolation caused by being deaf is more pronounced by the isolation caused by being blind.
The other problem with deafness is that it's largely invisible. There is often (with the exception of hearing aids) no visible clues that someone is deaf. This is however not the case with the majority of blind people. Therefore deaf people are automatically further disdvantaged because society cannot largely see they are disadvantged which creates further problems for integration.
Still, it's a personal thing but I'd much rather be blind. Danny Blind.
sign language, lip reading, etc etc.
...but have you ever tried either of these? They are fantastically difficult skills to learn. Especially if you've had hearing your entire life...
i CAN lip read, and I am half way to learning sign language. i am going deaf you see, so I have to learn to do it. at least, the lip reading part.
What is the cause of your impending deafness, may I ask? If that's not too personal a question of course...
I tried to learn BSL once. I didn't realise that it isn't merely just a signed representation of English but it's a different language altogether with it's own structure and own rules and all that. It really is very, very interesting.
Have you ever seen the film Read My Lips? French film from a few years back... Interesting use of a deaf lady being Vincent Cassel's sidekick, being able to perfectly understand the nuances of a complex crime operation through merely watching him, and others, talk despite being in a flat over the road and using binoculars... Not entirely accurate.
you'd laugh if i screen capped my "balance" on the computer. and slowly the right one is going. it's gotten much worse in the last 2 years, and my last offshore medical they said that i am to wear double protection whilst working in the oil platform. if it keeps getting worse i might get banned from going offshore... ha.
so yeah, just really always was going deaf. they said that it might be gone totally by 30ish i think, if it keep declning at the rate it is... or i will slowly start to stop hearing and it will just get to the point where hearing aids are no use.
so i took it upon my self to learn how to deal with it now rather than wait. seeing as it's inevitable. i'm over it though. and your right about BSL it's mental. i love speaking in it when i can, which is rarely, because i think i might actually be good at it. :)
Don’t mean to sound patronising or owt but degenerative conditions do have the benefit of you being able to prepare for the inevitabilities of it all. A lot of people don’t start learning these things until it’s too late…
The extremists of the BSL community are nuts as well… There’s some really crazy people in there!
Still, I hope you learn BSL to a proficient extent in time before your hearing aids finally become no use… Is it Level 4 that most interpreters are employed at? I learnt the BSL for turtle the other day… very cute :)
on a daily basis
i value my sight more than i do my ears. to never hear anything again would be devastating. but to never be able to see beautiful things? never see a sunrise through a pine forest, a cityscape at night, a wednesday victory in the steel city derby, a pair of breasts?
oh man, doesn't bear thinking about
'Blind, so i wouldn't have to read any more dilemma questions!'
imma cut you now
I hate everyone.
But not mute, coz then you couldn't go round screaming at them all.
I vote being dumb. I've managed for this many years so far!!!!
Cheers. Can I have my lunch now?
yeah off you go
i refuse to give up music or looking at pretty people or beautiful things.
Cue this realigning the thread and it no longer being under my post anymore
showing you're cool and not a nerd by saying you don't care about music, isn't it?
I'll just find a black dude with the other problem and have japes
I've thought hard about this and I'm sure. I don't think I'd be happy communicating with people through sign language.
i have enough trouble understanding what people are getting at as it is
or at least that's the way i have been being taught. that's a terrible sentence but I can't do it any other way.
you COULD all this without any trouble
I like the bit where Wilder is chained to a wall but doing a little casual dance thing whilst whistling.
Blind I'd be able to hear the noises but it would be hard to remember where the buttons were.
deaf deaf deaf deaf deaf
i'd really hate to be blind, and handless for that matter. much rather lose legs than hands
I realise this thread could be considered offensive to some people and it's not really something that should be trivialised. Hopefully it has been taken in the light hearted manner that I intended.
Although on my weekends I do like to help out by printing off threads and reading them aloud at a local blind home.
Before Jack Biccy called her a massive wassock or something.
your neighbours would become less annoying.
So there I was, shouting OI! DEAFO! Oh, shit.