Hear no evil, see no evil

17 09 2007

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There are so many blogs out there, where the writer wants to improve their hearing by getting better hearing aids or a cochlear implant. It seems to me that most deaf people want to be able to hear.

Aren’t deaf people happy with not being able to hear well? Does this mean they aren’t happy with themselves?

If you could choose to be deaf or to be hearing, which one would it be? And why?

What’s wrong with being deaf? What’s good about being deaf?

But hey, what’s good about being hearing?

….or, what’s wrong with being hearing? – now, doesn’t that sound odd? Why so ….?

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11 responses

17 09 2007
Alison

Hmm, the tags on this post are pretty audio-centric, “hearing loss”?

17 09 2007
funnyoldlife

Yup. Guess I need to create more tags 🙂

17 09 2007
funnyoldlife

Done!

18 09 2007
ALAN JEFFERS

I TELLING YOU I AM HAPPY BEING DEAF BUT HEARING HAD 3 NO EVIL EARS AND EYES AND MOUTH COVER BUT DEAF HAVE 4 NO EVIL SAME COVER AS EARS AND EYES AND MOUTH ONE BRAND NEW IS NO EVIL COVER “SIGN LANGAUGE IS OUT RESPOND ” PARTS OF EYES AND EARS AND MOUTH AND HANDS PPPPPRRRROOOOOFFFFFF ” HANDS OF OUT OF RESPOND SIGN LANGAUGE NO ANSWER ” WAY GO BY DEAF NAVY USA WINK

18 09 2007
Noelle

I would want the closest thing to hearing, which is the cochlear implant for me. I like the ability to turn off my hearing at any time I want to, when I’m behind a crying baby on an airplane. I turn the implant off, and there’s blessed silence.

I also like being able to hear. What I really don’t want is to be fully cured because I would lose that control over my hearing.

18 09 2007
MM

I doubt anyone is happy being isolated which hearing loss does to you. It is then logical to want hearing to get accepted again in the mainstream, which adopts pretty much zero tolerance to people they have difficulty communicating with. Obviously this mainly applies to those with some useful hearing or have lost it, the rest won’t see the point of hearing anything. What you have never had you never miss etc….. You don’t see many hearing people wishing they were deaf do you ?

18 09 2007
Fintan

I would love to get 100% cure of hearing,because I have often wonder what’s its like to treat people with any disability with utter contempt!

Even Cochlear Implantees are starting to feel that way 😛

18 09 2007
MM

I suspect if you had full hearing you would just ignore deaf people anyway… there would be so many alternatives you have that deafness denies you to keep you occupied. I doubt ANYONE goes looking for a disabled or deaf person to socialise with….Prior to going deaf myself I rarely if ever saw a deaf person at all, I simply did not move in any social or other circle where I would meet one….. the idea one would go to a deaf club to meet or assist or socialise with a deaf person was something that just never happened. I don’t think it’s ignorance, or contempt, just two totally different lifestyles that didn’t cross…

18 09 2007
CD

I don’t speak for other deaf people, I’ll only speak for myself. I don’t mind being deaf, but it’s nice to be able to hear what’s going on. I want to get a cochlear implant to improve my hearing some. But even with a cochlear implant, I’ll still be “deaf”. Turn the implant off, voila, deafness. I love not having to hear anything in bed, and being able to turn off when there’s something I don’t want to listen to. But I also like being able to hear music, and people talking. I want to be part of both “worlds”. My family is hearing, my coworkers are hearing, none of them know sign language and I sure can’t lipread at all that well alone. At this point in my life, I need to hear to read, and I need to read to hear. But if I had a cochlear implant, perhaps I can get to the point where I can hear without relying so much on visual support as I do now with a hearing aid alone. And even if I did get a cochlear implant, it would be in my right ear, as nothing can actually be done for my left ear.

23 09 2007
Kyle

I’m not sure if there’s enough of an improvement down the CI route to worth the risk of going semi-Borg. At least not for me.

I’d like to be able to hear “properly” but I think it would be a huge challenge if such a thing is possible – it would be a huge emotional rollercoaster in every sense of the word, especially in social settings and for persistent annoying sounds that people have become adjusted to during their life but we’d have to endure it.

That said, it’s a challenge I’m very willing to take but I can’t see it happening in my lifetime for the opportunity to arise.

24 09 2007
Patty

Oh, I would go for the hearing. Yes. I would not want to lose the benefits of deafness as well, though. I doubt that I would be quite the same person if I had not been so disabled…but I have days when I just get sick of saying ‘what?’ and days I would love to invite all the “mush mouths” of the world to spend a day in my shoes! I’ll bet they wouldn’t treat me like I am not too smart, or just as bad- ignore me.

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