Personally, I like a little of each as all perspectives are interesting in their own way and enlightening. Having witnessed my grandfather going deaf over the years, struggling with those dang blasted ear pieces that don't pick up sounds properly (the grumbling continues), it does make me curious as to what life would be like for me if I get what he has. This also makes me wonder what life is like for those deaf from birth as well as those who care for them.
But enough of curiosity. Out of all the characters I've read or seen the one that tops them all never has his deafness explored at all. He just is what he is and he's the fabulously nutty Professor Calculus.