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issues in the deaf culture: Cochlear implants

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Hearing and Deaf Cultures are different in many ways. The main reasons are how people communicate and what is most important to us. Like to the Deaf, “deaf” means the condition People of hearing loss as a general whole. “Deaf” is the cultural aspect of being deaf. 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. In the Hearing world, most people if given a deaf child might go straight to giving it Cochlear so it will then be, in the minds of the Hearing, a part of the hearing community ,but In the Deaf community, some, if not most, refuse the use of a Cochlear Implant because they feel that it is just another device aimed to fix what is not broken, and because of that, to them, it is stripping Deaf people from their culture and the safety and effectiveness is not high enough to take the risk of the surgery. To the Deaf, they live highly functional lifestyle without the device. So, why is there such a fast decision on getting an implant? 2. The Deaf are a capable set of individuals that the only thing they cannot do is hear. To most of the Deaf community, Cochlear implants are like saying “you are not good enough as you are so we need to fix you”. It is like a slap in the face to them. Other than on paper, Deafness is not seen as a disability to the Deaf. It is a way of life, it is an identity, so why not be proud of it? There are a lot of things that can assist a deaf person when they ability to hear is needed. C... ... middle of paper ... ...ry is performed, it may not work. The implant along with the surgery and post –operative care can easily cost over $50,000. So, taking that money risk if your insurance will not cover it can be devastating if it does not work even after the effort to get it. There also seems to be a higher risk of bacterial meningitis among those that have the implant. There are plenty of good reasons why one should get the implant like the biggest thing that it accomplishes, one is able to hear with it regardless if its processed sound or natural hearing, it is still hearing. Everyone is entitled to what he or she does with their life, but it does not seem like a true need to have the CI. Works Cited Henshaw, Ashley. "symptomfind." 9 February 2012. Sound and Fury. Dir. Josh Aronson. Perf. scott Davidson, et al. 2000. "The Cochlear implant controversy." 2 June 1998. CBSNews.