What is worse, being deaf or blind?

Rose Wahlmeier, Editor in chief

Anna Hughes and Olivia Link demonstrate their part of the famous monkey pose "see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil." (PHOTO: Lauren Suter)
Anna Hughes and Olivia Link demonstrate their part of the famous monkey pose “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.” (PHOTO: Lauren Suter)

Handicaps are tragedies. Thankfully most people do not have to worry about the top two sensory handicaps: blindness and deafness. But what if you did have one of these disabilities? Which of these would be worse to live with? Freshman Olivia Link stated, “I would rather be deaf because I could still see and I would be able to learn sign language to communicate.” Junior Hannah Birk said she would also choose being deaf over blind because she already knows a little bit of sign language. According to SIPP, fewer than one in 20 Americans are currently deaf. There are 1,000,000 people today who suffer from the disability. “I think I would run into everything if I was blind, so I would rather be deaf. Plus it would be easier to communicate,” said senior Christian Isch. On the other side of this ability, people may also choose to lose eye sight instead of hearing. Junior Nik Johnson said, “I would rather be blind because I would be Dare Devil.” According to WHO facts, 39 million people in today’s world are currently blind. Sophomore Anna Hughes said she would rather be blind because she could not imagine a world where she could not hear anything. She believes it would be miserable. Cat Tracks staffer senior Noelle Haselhuhn thinks it would be better to be blind. However, her mother thinks the opposite. “If I was blind, I would not be able to read, and I really enjoy doing that,” says math teacher Gayle Haselhuhn. Luckily, if you do have either of these disabilities, you are not out of hope. There are several treatments to help improve blindness, such as laser surgery . . . although this article does not come in braille so you would not know this. If you are deaf, you can get hearing implants to improve your ears. There are so many treatments to help people with these disabilities. Luckily, the school works with Allen Community College who offers the class of sign language as a night class. Unfortunately though, Burlington High School does not have access to a braille class, so if you have the blind disability, you may be out of luck. According to Helen Keller, “Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”