Oct 27, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
I'm starting my doctorate in Audiology soon, Hopefully! This is always a curiousity of mine. Which sense would you rather go without if you had to choose?
dirtsquirrel saidI've had this discussion with many of my Deaf friends. While the reviews are fairly mixed, I can't help but note that most of the responses here are highly superficial. While I too am grateful for the ability to see beautiful sunsets and to hear the lapping of waves on the oceans' shores, in truth, they are not the things that make my life functional or tolerable (albeit, they are highly enhancing to my quality of life).
A friend and former colleague made an interesting point. Deaf, oral, and having gone to school at RID, he initially was mainstreamed into an oral program in the 60s, and then went to RID where he learned the Rochester Fingerspelling Method. A very proud Deaf man, he said he'd rather have been born blind than been born deaf. Why? Well, at least when you are blind you are still privileged to the way majority of the world communicates--oral speech. When born deaf (usually to hearing parents and family members), you spend the majority of your childhood without the ability to communicate efficiently with the world around you. At least when you're blind, you learn to hear and to speak and communicate. Imagine being isolated like a deaf child in a hearing world. Only being able to see people, and not know what they're trying to say to you.
I thought it was an interesting point--and as much as I love to take in God's green earth (or brown, as it may be here in Texas), I was sold on his reasoning.