A Perspective on Cochlear Implants

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For my project I wanted to focus on the different points of view and the various biases that surround the debate of cochlear implants, whether it is from the point of view of members of the deaf community, parents who have children who are born deaf or members of the medical community. Because I find that all three aspects of the debate carry valid points however often times because the point of views vary to such a drastic degree carry many biases within their individual articles. Firstly I will be looking at an article that was published in the New York Times on September 26, 2013 by Gerard O'Donoghue, F.R.C.S. Cochlear Implants — Science, Serendipity, and Success I feel that this article presents a good example of the pathological perspective on cochlear implants within the deaf community and Mr.O'Donoghue makes many references to why people who are born deaf experience less fulfilled lives than those who are fully hearing individuals. At one point at the beginning of his article he even makes a reference to Ludwig van Beethoven the well-known composer who was a deaf individual. However what Mr.O'Donoghue fails to take into account is the fact that there is a 200 year difference between 1802 when Beethoven was alive and today's modern society. For today we have technological advances such as Skype, YouTube and FaceTime that allow individuals that suffer from deafness not only to communicate with those of the hearing world by way of interpreters but also to educate, entertain and communicate with more freedom than ever before. It seems apparent to me within the article that Dr.Gerard O'Donoghu is showing a bias option by saying in order to fully experience life and operate effectively within their community’s deaf individuals... ... middle of paper ... ...ess is purely naïve, because there are many physicians and psychologists especially nowadays that work with parents to make sure that they are aware of all options available to them so that the best decision can be made for that child. Works Cited 1.)Midžić, Enes. "Deafness and Cochlear ImplantsFrom the Point of View of a Parent."Parents for Cochlear Implant. Parents For Cochlear Implants, 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. . 2.).O'Donoghue, Gerard. "The New England Journal of Medicine." Cochlear Implants. New England Journal of Medicine., 9 Sept. 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. . 3.)Mitchiner, Julie, and Marilyn Sass-Lehrer. "Cochlear Implants." Cochlear Implants. Gauntlet University Press, 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. .

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