Where Do I Fit In?

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American Sign Language(ASL) has been for many years the main way the deaf communicate and is also extremely important to the deaf culture. To the hearing world, being deaf was always considered a handicap and for that reason they came up with what is called a cochlear implant, causing great debate within the deaf culture. The invention of the cochlear implant has the deaf worried that their culture will be destroyed, while the hearing world find that it will better there lives, not realizing that this procedure is not a cure and will leave the deaf confused as to where they belong in society. While hearing aids amplify sounds so that a damaged ear can pick them up, cochlear implants send electrical signals directly to the nerves of the inner ear, via implanted electrodes and wires, and are used for people whose hearing loss is so profound that hearing aids are not effective ("Cochlear implants" n. pag) . They came about during the early 1980's and since then has caused a great deal of problems within the deaf community. Many supporters of the cochlear implant think that it is the best chance babies have to actually live a normal life, and that it is a huge leap in technology and that it can alter the way the deaf interact with each other ("Cochlear Implants" n. pag). This is the case of Chris Hall whose son got implants in 1998, he says " "If a kid can't walk, you give him a walker, you do what you can to help them get along in society". If these supporters would be less narrow minded, they would take in to consideration the actual affects it would have in the deaf culture and see that the deaf are not incapable of performing tasks that hearing people do due to the fact that they have a hearing loss. According to most imp... ... middle of paper ... ...e is all they need, and the rest will be all up to them. If this chance is not given to them then as mentioned before, cochlear implants will not cure the deaf person, it will only confuse them and raise one question in their heads, "Where do I really fit in?" Works Cited "American Sign Language (sidebar)." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 12 July 2002. Web. 2 Nov. 2011. "Cochlear Implants." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 12 July 2002. Web. 2 Nov. 2011. Manning, Anita. "Implants Sounding Better." USA Today (May 2, 2000) [accessed 2 Nov. 2011]: Spencer, Patricia & Marschark, Marc. "Cochlear Implants, Issues and Complications" Oxford Handbook Of Deaf Studies Volume I: n.pag. Oxford University Press, 2003. Web. 2 Nov. 2011.
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