20 January 2015
Cochlear Implant RST
Imagine a world where no one changed anything about themselves, in the fear of changing their identity. No one would have braces and there would be a lot of crooked teeth.
Nobody would get haircuts, and there would be a lot of unmanageable long hair. But if you really think about it, these things could never change who you are, they only enhance what you can become. People get braces so nobody makes them uncomfortable when they 're older about their crooked teeth. It doesn 't change them it just makes their smile brighter. People get haircuts to express who they are, or who they want to be, but it doesn 't change who they actually are, it just makes them look the way they want to. The same thing goes for a cochlear implant. It …show more content…
Now on the other side of that family, a deaf child is born and his parents decide to implant him, but receive a lot of hate from the deaf community. Part of the fact of so much resentment towards the device is that around the time the film "Sound and Fury" was made, the cochlear implants were just being introduced and it really offended the deaf community that someone made something to fix deafness. It made them feel as if people thought of deafness as a disability. They wondered why anyone would want to change themselves from being deaf and being part of such a wonderful community. The mother of the daughter who was the mother of
the deaf child even called her own daughter "a lousy daughter". In reality the mother wasn 't implanting his son because she wanted to rebel against her parents, it was because she knew that although deafness is not a disability it is also not an enhancement to your life. She knew that her boy would have many more opportunities in life if he could hear, and although that sounds like it 's shaming deafness, it isn 't. No matter whether you implant your child or give him a hearing aid, it will never change them, just help them reach their potential …show more content…
They don’t view themselves as having a disease, and they really don’t have one, but as soon as someone from the hearing world challenges that opinion, all hell breaks loose. The deaf community could have just rejected the idea of the cochlear implants all together, but once people understood it wasn’t a cure, just additional help, they started to accept it. When deaf people heard the word cure, they panicked. They worried there would be no more deaf culture, and that the deaf community would die off. Cure meant change to them, that everything in their lives would change, which is why some people think the implants will change their identity. But that will never happen because no matter what, you will always be deaf. If you get hearing aids, once you take them off you’re no longer capable of hearing. The same thing goes for the implant. The implant itself is not capable of wiping out a culture, it is the responsibility of the parents of the deaf children to keep the culture and the community alive. Which is why deaf people should get cochlear implants because they will not change their