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Would you rather be without hearing, or sight?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. Fendereedo

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    That's easy - neither.

    If there was a third choice that included smell, then I would go down that route, just so I could sit peacefully and not smell dog fart on an evening.
     
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    Sort of.... the fantasy lone got killed off and replaced with a new line. The scifi line is largely similar to how it used to be. At any rate, I've been painting a lizardmen army for 10 years or so. Bound to finish eventually.
     
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    I started asking myself that question as a very small kid, though I’m not sure why.
    Maybe because I had childhood allergies and regularly found myself unable to breathe.

    I prefer to keep both but in observing deaf people and blind people, I think the blind are more connected while the deaf are more alone.
    Add in music the choice gets easier.
    Then my mind is constantly processing sounds and looking for aberrations that indicate changes in my surroundings.
    Pretty sure I would go mad with no hearing.
     
  4. 61fury

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    Beethoven did OK after he went deaf.
     
  5. Edgar Allan Presley

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    I'd rather be blind than deaf. I've heard (see?) that being deaf is more socially isolating than being blind. That, and music. I could live without music, but it would be a debilitating loss.
     
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    Speaking as if I must make a choice and from my present state, I’d rather lose my hearing. I would still be able to read, see a smile & other expressions, feel my wife’s touch, smell the Autumn woods. I’d prefer that to losing my sight. I’m trying to help a friend this very day; she has several health problems but the one she’s really struggling with is near total blindness from macular degeneration. I known others that are nearly completely deaf who seem to get by better.

    I think my choice might be different if the choice were which would I rather be born with?
     
  7. Danb541

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    Hearing. I'd hate not being able to hear music but I could learn to read lips and get by. Being blind would be much more difficult to overcome IMHO.
     
  8. Rustbucket

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    Hi, I’m sorry for your condition and do not want to sound insensitive, but how did you find this thread, create a new forum profile and then respond if you cannot see? Is there a special software you use? This curious mind wants to know.
     
  9. Edgar Allan Presley

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    You haven't read much about Beethoven's late life, have you? Spoiler alert: He was not ok.
     
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    I lost all hearing in one ear and have diminished hearing in the other. It sucks, but I'd probably give up the other ear before I'd go blind. Besides, I need my eyes to see where to put my fingers when playing guitar.
     
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    Same, zero hesitation. I love visual art, majored in design, have been an avocational photographer for 25 years, and I'd give it all up for music.

    My best friend when I was a kid had an older brother who was deaf from birth and it is a world of "darkness" unto itself from where I sit. Everyone's calculus is different though, I get it. What a choice.
     
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    Helen Keller famously said she’d much rather be blind than deaf.

    I think she felt that way because she had adapted to her blindness and had learned to cope with it.
     
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    I'd rather be deaf than blind. When I went to the doctors 20 years ago about my tinnitus, he told me that some people choose to have their auditory nerve severed rather than put up with the noise, and I can respect that. Mine's not that bad...

    I realised a few years back that I'm relying on a certain amount of lip-reading now, because if you turn away while speaking to me it all goes muffled and gets difficult to decipher...
     
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    I have a really good friend who’s a *sort of* famous blues artist. He also happens to be an amputee. Had a weird blood disease that caused him to lose a leg as a teen. The last time we played together he was making fun of me cause I can’t see hardly anything anymore without my glasses on. I’m pretty useless without them for anything within 5-6 feet of me. Further out I do much better, but I digress.

    I told him he should be praying that I go totally blind. Cause if I do, we won’t have to even try that hard. Put on some decent suits and get our picture taken, do a couple interviews.

    After that we can write our own ticket. Because a blind Texan and a one legged Indian are gonna have the best selling Blues record of the last 40 years. We’re gonna sell a million copies as preorders. Before anyone ever hears a note of it.
     
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    It's a bad bargain, but if I can't hear, I can't play, and if I can't play, then what's the use?
    I guess to quote Etta James, I'd rather go blind.
     
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    I’d rather be blind. Music is too important to me.
     
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    Check back with me in about three years and I’ll give you the definitive answer as to which one sucks the most.
     
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    This is a lot more difficult to answer than I’d expect. If I were deaf, I could still build guitars, (and look at them), and if I were blind, I could still play them...well, as good as I can play.
     
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    Music would be a terrible loss, but I'd take blindness first, because of the terrible isolation that deafness brings. There's a short film, Beethoven Lives Upstairs. Beethoven was not all right.

    Of course this is not a matter of choice. Either condition would be hard.
     
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    I wouldn't care either way... As long as I could still play a mean pinball.
     
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