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  • i would rather go blind because music is my boyfriend i can't function with out it .
  • Blind, it doesn't matter what people look like, but i want to be ble to communicate to them via speech and get to know them.
  • I would rather be deaf because not knowing what the world would be like if you couldn't see (at birth) would be tragic.
  • I think deaf people have an easier time of continuing their day to day practical affairs without letting their handicap get in the way. (They can read lips, use sign language, etc.) However, they have no way to experience music, which is tragic. On the other hand, blind people are unable to appreciate color. It's a really tough call, but I think I'd rather be deaf.
  • As much as I like good music, I would rather be deaf than blind. It is purely a practical issue. I am a geologist. Geology is a very visual science. You really need to be able to see the rocks, minerals, and structures in order to do geology. You usually don't need to listen to them. So, being blind would be much more of a handicap in this field than being deaf would be.
  • I can't see out of one eye as it is...so I guess I would rather be blind. I can hear and still experience the joy of my children's laughter. You don't need eyes to hear happiness.
  • Blind. Communication is supremely difficult without hearing. I can't imagine how maddening it must be to be abe to see people who can't understand a word you say, and feel so helpless that they can't help you. The blind don't hvae the communication problems that the deaf do. But, then again, I wouldn't be here on AB at all. I can't stand listening to that stupid computer voice in the text translator I have.
  • I guess I would have to be mute - I could always write notes to compensate, but I couldn't live without reading or music.
  • deaf because i like seing things and i can't live without talking
  • deaf, then you can read lips so you could understand people, and keep talknig to them.
  • Mute,...It would be hard to live without my vision or hearing.
  • Mute because I NEED my ears because I play guitar lol and not blind because I would have to see the guitar to play it lol.
  • I would be mute. Because I can just carry around a small chalkboard/whiteboard and write what I want to say. Or a laptop with the program thingy where you write something and the computer reads what you typed outloud. And life would suck if I couldn't see or hear.
  • I'd be mute. If you were deaf you wouldn't be able to hear words, and would more than likely become mute and if you were blind, I think it'd be really lonely and scary. Also because I think it's best to listen and observe then speak. (and because it wouldn't be nearly as hard/expensive to try to overcome the difficulties. Pen and paper work just fine ^__^)
  • I think I could handle muteness better, because I am quiet by nature.
  • I'd have to be deaf. I can't go long without talking and I have to see to get around. I could learn to read lips or people could write me notes.
  • i would be mute. I need to hear, and i need to see.
  • Mute. I don't need to talk to get my point across, seeing as the most I normally have to say to someone is flipping them the bird and walking away.
  • Mute, I can always write, and sign language.
  • I'd hate blind. I like to speach making - so I would hate mute, but not as much as blind. I'm afraid mute it comes pretty much with deaf though. Preferablly 50 50 on the mute deaf problem. If I could tune out irritating people and also not talk to them - that would be best
  • I believe that of these choices, I would choose mute. I would rather be able to see and hear my daughter. I would still be able to write to her but nothing would be able to replace being able to watch her grow and hear her when she needs me!
  • i would be mute because i would use a white board to talk
  • Not blind - to much beauty to miss Not deaf - to many beautiful sounds to miss Mute - I can write and learn sign language. I was a bad singer anyway.
  • Youd be mute because you can use technology to talk. Im slighty deaf anyways and i would say the worst sense to lose is sight because theres no point of your existance.
  • I think that being blind would cause more difficulties day to day, but I think I would rather that than silence for the rest of my life.
  • you hit the right spot of everybody, the two get easier to live with everyday, but being the one or the other is not fun, i can't really answer this, but i'd go with deaf, i like to admire the nature's wonders...
  • Deaf. I am partially deaf already, total deafness is likely not far off.I have a daughter who is legally blind. After watching her life for the past 27 years, I would never choose blindness, unless there was a way to give her my eyes. Edit: And perhaps the chickenshit little COWARD who downrated me for wanting to give my daughter sight would be big enough to step up and say why...........didn't think so.
  • I would rather go blind, because everyone is automatically judged on their outter appearance. If we paid more attenton to what people are saying, instead of what they look like syaing it, then we all could probably get along more than we do with eachoher.
  • deaf because being a blind photographer would really suck
  • Blind. I think it would be easier to adapt to.
  • I would rather go deaf, as being deaf you can still read what is going on, and see all that is going on. hearing is not that nice as you have to put up with swearing, whereas if someone is swearing in sign language you can just not look at them!
  • Deaf. I can't imagine never again seeing the face of a child, or a sunset, or a smile, or color, or all the horizons I have yet to see in my travels.
  • for me, i would rather be def, i would miss seeing the sunset, or miss looking at women( yes i'm kinda shallow sue me) i would hate not being able too see, cuz then how would we answer questions here on AB...i doubt they make brille computer screens lol
  • id go blind. i cant imagine life without being able to hear music or even he voice of my friends
  • I'd rather be deaf. There are too many beautiful things I have yet to see. My sight is so important to me, I wouldn't have a clue where I would be going if I couldn't see.
  • deaf I think. not to be able to read or see the faces of my loved ones....that would be horrible.
  • Deaf. Because with a long distance relationship like the one I'm currently in, sight is pretty much the only sense you can use to communicate. And plus, I'm minorly hearing impared already anyway from all the dangerously loud music I listen to.
  • i'd rather go blind, i can still listen to music and play the drums without seeing.
  • Deaf, I would never have to listen to anyone whining and complaining again.
  • Deaf it will be quiet finally in my life! I can read if I can see.
  • Be careful what you wish for.....
  • I've often thought about this, as I'm disabled myself. I'm unable to walk, and I use a wheelchair. I've never been able to walk the way that most people do. Only 'artificially' with walking frames and crutches. So I can't compare being able to walk, with NOT being able to walk. Over the years, I've met people that are blind, and people that are deaf, and I would say that perhaps deafness is slightly 'better'(?) than blindness. The reason why I say this is because in the deaf community, deaf people can learn to use Sign Language to communicate with each other. (I've answered one of the questions on AB about learning Sign Language). I think the only thing that deaf people 'miss out' on is music. But then, if deaf people have never heard music, they don't 'miss' it. I feel a LOT of sympathy for people that are blind. There is so much information that we get from our eyesight, about our surroundings, and if someone is blind, all they 'see' is blackness. I think people that are blind 'miss out' on much more, than people who are deaf. If any AB users get to read this, I'd like you to think about WHY you can read it, and WHY you can respond to it, if you'd like to. But getting back to your question, I think I'd rather go deaf, for the reasons that I've mentioned. JamesD ;-)
  • Blind. Hearing someone say "I love you" is too precious.
  • Blind. Cause if I didn't have my music, I wouldn't be me.
  • Blind. Cause if I didn't have my music, I wouldn't be me.
  • Blind. Because I think being deaf isolates someone much more than being blind. Communication is so much more difficult when you are hearing impaired.
  • Deaf. You can learn to read lips, etc. Hard to imagine a sunset, work of art or a beautiful woman without actually seeing them.
  • Blind, I need sound.
  • Deaf, I like to walk around without stumbling and even with a guide dog you still see people stumbling.I love colour,texture,shape as well.If you are deaf you can sometimes still feel beats/ rhythm.
  • ... D e a f But only if i was force to decide which sense to lose, and i hope it's a non-permanent lost! Reason? My current housemates are among the totally worst human beings i've met so far. Cowards! They don't dare to face you one-on-one but get in a group and start talking out loud about you in an indirect way. It's the only time they act as if they are so righteous and pious and brave. But when they're all alone with me, they don't even dare to look at me in the face. A group of shameful female verbal bullies (i'm not good at cussing people *boo-hoo!*) i'd rather not lose either my hearing or vision, but wish there were a switch that i can flick on and off whenever i want to for any of my five senses.. :D way cool!!!
  • deaf, it would kill me not to be able to hear music, but I would want to be able to see everything
  • Blind, i need sound! i can't live without music, and i can play drums with my eyes closed so i don't need it for that.
  • blind. But I am already legally blind without my glasses and my vision can only be corrected to 20/40 with glasses. Being blind would not be that different for me, but being deaf along w/my vision problems would be horrific...(I go crazy when my ears clog up from sinus probs)
  • I could never live with no sight... as much as i love music, i just couldnt bare the thought of never being able to see again.
  • Definetly deaf if I had to choose. At least you can lip read and see all the beautiful things in life :) Yes it would be sad to loose music etc etc but I can't imagine living with no sight at all!
  • It's a very hard decision to make. I learn so much and I rely so much on hearing, yet I also love to see colours and views and paint paintings. Honestly, I would chose deafness. I don't think I could live without sight.
  • Definetly deaf. You can still communicate using sign language when you are deaf. But when you are blind, there is nothing that you can do to avoid the disability. And also I could not stand not being able to see all of the great things in this world.
  • I love music. so blind. Plus all of your senses get better when you go blind.
  • Deaf. I love colors too much. Plus art revolves around my life. I draw, paint and give tattoos. Though, today I found out I might have glaucoma. Like my mother and grandma. I need to go for further testing... which they already done a few, it's annoying. I just really REALLY hope I don't have it.
  • I would choose to be blind in one eye and deaf in one ear.Then technically i am both and I don't have to choose.
  • I have thought about this many times. And I finally feel that I would rather be deaf. I know the deaf can feel sound through vibrations. Its not the same as hearing your favorite song, but it would help lesson the loss. Occasionally when I can't get to sleep, I try to sing my favorite songs in my head, trying to hear all the instruments as well as the singer. Its some sort of odd OCD preparation for if I actually did become deaf.
  • Deaf..there's always sign language.
  • definitly deaf.
  • I would definately go deaf. U can still interact in the world, but everything I enjoy doing ( like typing and looking at this screen) require SIGHT!
  • Deaf, but if I was blind, I'd get one of those well-trained dogs to help guide & protect me.
  • Deaf...although not hearing the words I love you from my child or my fiance' would be devastating at least I could see them say it.
  • I come from a very musical family, so I guess I would rather become blind.
  • I'd choose to be blind. It'd suck, especially considering I like to draw... but while blindness makes you feel you're alone in a room, deafness isolates you completely, I feel.
  • Deaf. I'd hate to give up hearing my loved ones and the birdsong that fills the air where we live. I can hear the beavers chewing and geese honking. I love music in all forms and I love to cook and do alot of things by the sound of the frying or sauteing. But I just couldn't live without seeing the beauty around me, to see the looks in my husband's eye, good or bad. You can't just hear something in someone's voice, it's the look in their eyes that tells you of their soul and heart. And to neve see the beauty of our woods or pond, the mountains and the beach? Too hard. I'd give up my ears first.
  • I know how scary losing your sight could be but I don't think I'd want to go without listening to music again.
  • Deaf, at least I could still see the world and still be able to read. I may not hear anymore, but it can least be translated to words.
  • Deaf. I could handle that I think because I already know some sign. And my son is deaf so it's not something odd for our family. Blindness seems so impossible, although I know it isn't due to the number of blind people who function so darn well. I just don't think I could do it.
  • Deaf, because I also know some sign. I read a lot, so I need vision.
  • Going Blind. Of course this is coming from the person who says "Silence is the best thing to say". Which I know technically makes no sense...
  • Going blind! I'm sure Mozart would agree as well :)
  • I would have a much harder time going blind. I do a lot of things that are visual, including photography, scrapbooking, reading, etc. And of course AB. Going deaf would be hard in a different way, but I would still have the independence that only driving myself can bring... I definitely think I'd adapt to that much easier. The only flip side I see is that if I went deaf I could still keep my job, but I couldn't work there (mail carrier) if I were blind. Woo-Hoo! ; )
  • Going blind. Not being able to listen to music would suck but I think theres so much more to be enjoyed visually than auditorially
  • I think being deaf would be worse. I love music and the ability to communicate. In regards to blindness, it runs in my family (as we get older) so I have seen some beautiful examples of graceful blindness. I see the challenges as well, but the grace with which they have been greeted with inspires me and helps me with what will probably happen to me when I get older. Hopefully a cure for both types of macular degeneration can be found before that time comes for me.
  • According to Helen Keller, being deaf was worse as it made it so hard to communicate with anyone. She was both deaf and blind so I suppose we can't argue with her (although I'd really hate to be blind).
  • I think going blind would be worse. I grew up with totally deaf dad and he lived a pretty normal life. He has been deaf since he was in 3rd grade. He wouldn't learn to sign, he just reads lips or if he can't figure out what someone is trying to tell him, he will just say write it down. He has always used this to his advantage, If he gets mad he will simply not look at you so he will say what he has to say and then can really tune you out. His speech is fine because of having his hearing until the 3rd grade. I think being blind would be worse not being able to see all the beauty in the world.
  • I would rather be deaf. This is a hard choice for me because I'm very into art (painting, drawing, and sculpting) BUT I'm also very into music (piano, flute.) It's hard to chose which skill i would handicap myself in. I chose my art. besides, i could always pull a Beethoven.
  • I would definitely rather be deaf. You can still see everything, and there are usually subtitles. AND, people can give you assistance at restaurants, too! ;)
  • Deaf. I think you would miss too much out of life if you don't know what something looks like.
  • Blind..I love music..I can get around blind :)
  • Deaf. Because being blind is a LOT more limited.
  • Deaf of course. It would be nice not to hear what people say.
  • blind by a long shot. i'm a musician and an audio engineer. if i lose my hearing, i lose my career as well as my sanity. if i lose my vision, i bump into things more often.
  • Blind...I get a cute doggie :)
  • Deaf. It's community is well established and you can still drive a car.
  • I'll split the difference. And say blind in on eye and deaf in one ear!
  • Deaf. Now with the implants they have for the hearing impaired there is a good chance if you are deaf that you will be able to hear down the road. Science is also working on the blindness issue, but the eye is much more complicated than the ear.
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  • I'll split the difference with ya. And say blind in one eye and deaf in on ear.
  • i could not live without sight. at least i could see, even if i was crippled for life by being deaf
  • I'd much reather be deaf. You can still drive a car, you can feel music, talk with your hands or read lips. There is a great deaf community out there to support you too.
  • Deaf --- I don't listen to him anyway!!!{(((just kidding)))).
  • I'm already 3/4 deaf in total of my ears so be blessed for what you have

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