By Raven Heroux
At first glance, the controversy over cochlear implants (CI) seems to be a fierce battle between Hearing and Deaf people, but it’s actually a topic that has everyone, no matter your hearing abilities, pointing fingers and spouting statistics. There is no clear winner between this CI vs. Embracing Deafness battle; it’s all a matter of personal choice. To anyone unsure of what exactly a cochlear implant is, The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders can help you there:
A cochlear implant is very different from a hearing aid. Hearing aids amplify sounds so they may be detected by damaged ears. Cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve…An implant does not restore normal hearing. Instead, it can give a deaf person a useful representation of sounds in the environment and help him or her to understand speech.
One Youtube video called “My Son is Deaf, Finally!” (subtitled for the ASL impaired) is an elaborate video for the Pro-Deaf side, while one viewer’s reply gives her stance on why it’s all a matter of opinion and situation.
Which side are you on?