I don't get your point. Difference in the way something is enjoyed has nothing to do with the quality of that enjoyment for that particular individual. Your approach is an attitude of loss. It doesn'thave to be an attitude of loss, but simply an attitude of change. Change in experience does not lessen the value or the enjoyment of that experience. Only when you view the change as a loss do you tend to put judgemental value statements into the equation.and where did I exactly say in my post that one is better than other? It's entirely based on individual.
bingo! there you go! You just further proved my point! For example - hearing people who enjoy listening to music - the iPod fanatic. He went deaf and then he opted for CI. It's not the same anymore FOR him. Of course - the CI person (the one who had CI since birth) would not say the same thing because he has nothing to compare with.
I'm an extremely visual person and my life revolves around my eyes while the world revolves around ears for others. If I went blind or nearly blind, that will be very very very devastating for me. I would opt for any kind of surgery that will restore my eyesight. At least I would be able to see but it's not the same anymore because I have something to compare with - my real vision vs. eye implant.