Considering all of these factors, it is difficult, and potentially ludicrous, to deny them the right to identify as a culture. Therefore, the debate of whether deafness should be considered a culture or a disability can be more easily resolved. However, the issue regarding cochlear implants still remains. Establishing the right of Deaf parents to bring up Deaf children will not be enough to protect Deaf culture from the corrosive influence of cochlear implant technology (Sparrow, 2005). Even though the continuing of this culture relies on what cochlear implants seek to end, it does not give them the right to completely oppose this procedure for anyone who pursues it.
Instead, it can give a Deaf person only a representation of sounds in the environment and help him or her to understand the speech. Of course, the implant can change lives, but it is an individual choice. If a Deaf person does not want it, the decision must be respected. Audists feel that they have to force cochlear implants on Deaf people regardless of whenever they want it or not. Why would someone prefer to stay deaf?
Though some of the hearing community might take on an unknowingly negative approach on deafness due to a lack of knowledge, for those in the deaf community, their hearing loss is not a burden or a disability, but instead an important component of their identity and culture (Sanger-Katz). Many see being deaf as a positive attribute (Sanger-Katz). The motto belonging to the deaf community is “the deaf can do anything but hear” (“Deaf, not I... ... middle of paper ... ...ication, educational methods, and cochlear implants." Infants and Young Children. 01 Apr.
The Hearing community thinks that being Deaf limits you to jobs, career success, skills, driving abilities, and much more. The Deaf culture can still be successful in life, regardless of their hearing status. Some examples of how the hearing community sees being Deaf is: “I cannot imagine what it is like being Deaf. It must be so hard, not being able to hear. I feel bad for them.
Imagine yourself deaf, growing up with a beautiful language, visual literature, humor, and theater. Imagine taking pride in your identity without any desire to become a member of the majority culture. For many deaf people, their community is a comforting relief from the isolation and condescension of the hearing world. However the Deaf community is far more than a support group for people who share a physical characteristic. Members of the Deaf community may have hearing levels that range from profoundly deaf to slightly hard-of-hearing.
I have experienced some discrimination because people assume I am deaf and discriminate me as well. Being deaf is not a bad thing. Many people are happy being deaf and if they had the chance to hear they would refuse. My father had even tried hearing aids and it barley let him hear and just made life harder because that’s another step added to his daily routine and he ended up not using them. I’m glad that my parents are deaf because it shows me a different side of the world that no one really knows about.
They argue that being deaf is not a handicap, but a cultural identity. The main argument that they use is that hearing parents, who have a deaf child, fit their child with hearing aids or cochlear implants is no different than deaf parents wishing to have a deaf child like themselves. I would argue back and say that these are two completely different scenarios. If your child is born deaf and you want to provide them with a hearing aid to help them hear you are not hurting them like you are if you intentionally want to make your child deaf. Using hearing aids and allowing them to hear is doing them a favor because they
The pride and soul of everything it means to be deaf. A person can be “deaf” and not be “Deaf”. People of the Hearing culture most likely don’t even realize they actually have a culture their own. What is done in Hearing culture may be a disrespectful or demeaning to the Deaf. On the subject of a Cochlear Implant (CI) is a big controversy between the two communities.
Their negative behavior expresses that those who are deaf must do their best to fit in with the “hearing world”. They forbid the use of sign language, forcing people who are deaf to learn how to speak and lip read. Although this stigma exists, the deaf community has successful striven in proving
Deafness cuts people off from people.” When a person is blind or need glasses society easily recognizes that in some cases special accommodati... ... middle of paper ... ... using total communication they can still maintain an inclusion of Deaf culture, but also become a member of mainstream society. In conclusion, while using the oralism technique for deaf children to learn how to communicate with a hearing society is time consuming and frustrating, it can be helpful if they learn to talk and read lips. Not to have society “fix” them, but so they can understand people and become part of a hearing society. By being able to communicate with mainstream society they can more easily stand up for their rights and help us to understand their problems and obstacles. An oral deaf or hard of hearing person can convey their exact thoughts, feelings, needs, and opinions to any one with out the need for a translator.