While I agree with most of what you are saying, your posts come off as arrogant. We all realize you are 'hard of hearing', if it's something you cant/don't want to use, then don't.
Sorry to hear that my posts come across as arrogant. Its not my intention, but at the same time I've developed high confidence due to persevering through many difficult situations/treatment. I try to just remind people that the world does not revolve around hearing (contrary to popular belief), that we have eyes to use, and most importantly, we have a brain to use (a lot of people don't as I'm sure you know lol). I also come off as arrogant because people are constantly telling me I need to be "fixed" and constantly have to prove my worth as an intelligent human being. It gets old.
Hand signals work great for immediate dangers in the road. Stuff an experienced rider who is paying attention should catch. But what about stuff that's easy to miss?
I agree, its all about perspective. There is no 1 size fits all, but the basics are fundamental for everyone, that was what I was trying to get at. People have gotten too lazy now and can't even be bothered to move their head 3 inches to look over their shoulders while driving.
I'm not sure how bad the deer population is in Portland, but some places here, its pretty bad. I'm color blind as a bat, so when it comes to spotting a deer standing in the trees I'm about as useless as tits on a bull. Even when riding in a car, it's always nice to have the passenger keep an eye out for deer. A verbal indicator ("DEER") is much more useful, then someone pointing at the ditch.
Not just Portland, its the northwet lol. I see deer all the time, used to hunt them. Had a few pretty nasty encounters with them as well. Although the one someone posted of their acura hitting a deer at 70+ mph on the freeway takes the cake for me (sorry can't remember your name, was it you cracker?)
When I'm out riding with friends (who have no Bluetooth headsets), pointing at dangers works just fine... that's because, at the end of the day, if they dump their bike because they aren't paying attention, it's their own fault. If I'm riding with my SO and she dumps her bike, or gets hurt, I hold myself responsible.
I totally understand and agree with you in the sense that I'd feel the same way in that situation.
I don't think anyone NEEDS a Bluetooth headset. The extra safety factory is my way of justifying the purchase. Just as anyone else would justify spending money on headlight modulators or a Stebil horn (neither of which are a bad idea).
Good on you for doing what you are willing to do to be safer for your own comfort, just don't let it detract from the basics and it'll become an additional tool at your disposal.