The cultural component of deafness experiences several oppositions. These oppositions include the cochlear implant, Deaf schools versus mainstream schools, and audism. Being a part of the tight-knit Deaf community, there are several oppositions and conflicting views. However, the Deaf community is so strong and prideful that these oppositions do not bring their culture down. The Deaf culture experiences controversies about the cochlear implant.
(Baker- Shenk & Kyle) Despite many social problems and unnecessary prejudices, deaf people dot consider themselves as having a disability. Having the lack of hearing is not about just being Deaf, but accepting that challenge and being all you can be with yourself, and going through life the strong individual you are. The real issue is if the Deaf want to stay Deaf or rise above and get the surgery for the hearing aid, or cochlear implant. Deafness does not have to mean you are disabled. The approaches on a Deaf person’s life are just as significant as a hearing persons (Vicars).
Hearing people can also take advantage of this since it is easy to pretend as a deaf person, making it difficult for the public to trust deaf people and see them in such a negative way. Therefore, I believe that deaf people should not
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.
The Deaf community is extremely important to people who identify as deaf or hard of hearing. This culture is accepting of individuals and provides a community for all deaf individuals to join. Although the Deaf community is a safe place for people who identify as deaf, stigma still resides in both the hearing and the deaf world. Stigma towards the cochlear implant within the Deaf community creates disapproval and conflict. They view the implant as a way of “fixing” someone who does not need to be fixed.
The medical side is simple; Deaf people have a physical problem, one that can be solved with science. From their point of view there is something to be fixed with Deaf people, and modern medicine has already provided a reasonable solution. On the other end the cultural side recognizes deaf culture as both historical and prevalent. Often they see deafness as not a disability, but merely another state of life. They don’t consider themselves or other Deaf people to be “broken,” in fact they find it almost offensive to imply that their state is a non-natural one.
Since the 1800s, American Sign Language (ASL) has created a way of communication for people who have hearing disabilities and those who interact with deaf people. Deaf people tend to feel really different and excluded when they do not know what someone is talking about. Even if someone does not know anyone who is deaf or does not ordinarily interact with the deaf, it still might be helpful to know the basics of the language because anyone could help impact some ones life. Being deaf can really affect all aspects of one’s life such as emotionally, physically and mentally; it can also make them feel awkward when someone is not there to interpret them or some one to help others understand what they are saying. Deaf people usually appreciated the help they received, and the person helping probably felt good, but neither group realized how it affected the deaf person (Greene 8).
The phrases deaf-mute, deaf and dumb are outdated and no longer acceptable. The majority of deaf individuals have the ability to speak, but choose not to use their voices. It is difficult for them to learn speech when they cannot hear sound, and they simply feel uncomfortable speaking. When we define "deaf", the parameters of the definition should be determined. The audiological definition can be used -- that is, one that focuses on the cause and severity of the hearing loss and whether or not hearing can be used for communication purposes.
Any traits that group members share can be perceived as positive by people in that group. So if deafness is seen as a disability, then people who are deaf carry the stigma of “lacking” a typical human characteristic. Although people in the Deaf Community say they are bound together by deafness, they also say that being deaf is a distinctive perspective on the world. The so called “curing” of deafness is seen by the Deaf Community as a way of
I am no longer ashamed of my deafness, I am proud of it. I am proud of who I am, proud of what I've overcome, and proud of my culture. Yes, I recognize there is a Deaf culture. Some people may be groaning, "oh no, not that old culture vs. pathology argument." Sure, I acknowledge that there are many people out there, even deaf people, who insist that deafness is nothing more than an annoying disability.