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mcbealer's avatar

If you are deaf only in 1 ear, and you were to use headphones, would you insert both ear buds or just one?

Asked by mcbealer (10150 points ) March 15th, 2008

Serious replies only, no disrespect intended for the hearing impaired community- I am truly interested in knowing.

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Evert's avatar

Both. Otherwise people might think I can easily hear them, and this way I would be indicating “you’ll need to attract my attention first” (obviously, it’s not very social, but that’s certainly not uncommon).
Not that I have a hearing problem, but that’s what I’d do.

mcbealer's avatar

@Evert I know what you mean! Also, have you ever had this happen: you’re clearly wearing headphones and people walk right up to you and just start blabbing.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

@mcbealer: When I’m around those kinds of people is usually why I wear headphones to begin with.

arbocalaviv's avatar

Both to draw attention away. Nothing appears to be any different about you.

Sisa's avatar

I used headphone for cochlear implant but I would use special wire plug in my ear thing til I get a nucleus freedom on 27th. I’m exciting about it. I’m deaf in both ear and i only hear in one ear.

Sisa's avatar

I would use one ear bud.

Noon's avatar

I’d say go for two. For the first reason explained. As a hearing person, I usually walk up to a cashier with one on when I approach to signal that I am listening to them. The reverse, I know Deaf people who put headphones in both ears in work environments to signal that you need to get their attention by a means other than aurally.

lilakess's avatar

Both, ear plugs stay in better that way.

shawcraw's avatar

that’s easy none! If I only had the use of one ear I would not take the chance of damaging my one and only ear. Ear buds concerts or loud people no thank you!

LuckVIII's avatar

I am partially deaf in one ear (can only hear bass) I usually put on both so that people know that I can’t hear them. Though when I go to clubs and concert I only use one ear plug to protect my good ear.

Aster's avatar

Both or else you have one hanging under your chin.

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