- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2015
I recently saw an article that NPR posted about children who were born deaf and were implanted with cochlear hearing aids. I thought it was all well and good, but I scroll down to the comments and many (not all) of the deaf people who posted were VERY upset at the notion that parents would be cutting their children off from Deaf culture, and upset at thinking that being deaf was the worst thing in the world.
One of the comments recommended the documentary “Sound and Fury” which I watched last weekend. In the documentary, a deaf couple decide against implanting their five year old daugher, despite her requests to get one put in. They meet with various families, hearing and not, and even the couple’s own (hearing) parents say that the deaf parents are abusive for rejecting the implants. The deaf parents argued that their daughter would be rejected both by the hearing and non-hearing world, and that she would be happier in the long run being deaf.
What are your thoughts on this? I recently turned down Gallaudet for grad school, but the more I learn about Deaf culture and deaf people, the deeper it goes. Deaf culture revolves around ASL, and most people who are well into Deaf culture say that being deaf is not a handicap or disability at all, at are very upset at the audism in the modern world.
Do you think deaf children who are not implanted are given a fair shot at all life has to offer? Do cochlear implants spell the end of a Deaf culture? I was interested in what the hive had to say about all this!
Sound and Fury is streaming free on Netflix, if anyone’s interested