They believe that once your born deaf you should stay deaf because that’s the way it should be. Getting a cochlear implant doesn’t detracted from being a part of the deaf culture when the person is taught his or her original culture. Hearing people think that not giving the implant to their child is child abuse. It is not child abuse it’s a personal choices, if the deaf community were not supposed to be deaf deafness would be nonexistent. There are two sides to that don’t understand one another’s reasoning for cochlear implants.
On October 25th in the year 2000, a film was release that tackled the difficult topic, that at the time, broke family ties and rattled an entire culture from a single procedure. In Josh Aronson’s film, “Sound and Fury”, the topic of cochlear implants was fought about between an extended family, who both had Deaf children. The families thought very differently about the cochlear implant procedure and this lead to many arguments and even splitting of the families for some time. The cochlear implant procedure threatens Deaf culture and was considered very offensive to the Deaf community. Throughout the documentary, these topics were debated back and forth, about whether the benefits outweighed the risks.
Sound and Fury centers two families who faced a challenging decision on whether to get a cochlear implant for their deaf child. Peter and his wife Nina are both deaf and gave birth to three deaf children. Neither Peter’s brother Chris nor wife Mari are deaf but one of their twin boys was born deaf. Peter and Nina are proud of being part of the Deaf community therefore they’re not as open to the idea of cochlear implants. On the contrary Mari and Chris, although having deaf in their families, are not involved in the Deaf culture and have a more positive outlook on cochlear implants.
“Even the free exercise of religion,” according to Zimmerman, “may be limited if practices associated with that free exercise would cause significant harm to the child” (311). This quote shows an effective way to broaden the audience’s horizons, in order to convince them that in every way, the court is wanting to protect the child’s best interest. Zimmerman also uses an argument of procedure in order to convince the parents of children that are Deaf to give their children cochlear implants: “Because cochlear implants are still a relatively new technology there is, as of yet, no good measure of the unemployment rate among cochlear implant recipients; however, due to the increased communications skills gained via cochlear implants, it is reasonable to expect that the unemployment rate of cochlear implant recipients is lower than that of the larger deaf population” (Zimmerman 319-320). With the use of the unemployment rate, which is a recurring problem throughout the American population, Zimmerman could convince the audience to want their children to have cochlear
After reading Chapter 1 of “Through Deaf Eyes”. I was not surprised by the facts that were introduced in Chapter 1. Some of these things that were talked about and discussed I have experienced in my life as a deaf person with cochlear implants. "Do you lip read? That's a very dangerous question because if you say yes, they talk [way too fast].
Not many consider and are ready to handle the fact that your child may have disabilities. Tom and Louise are confronted with a problem that they know nothing about and to make it worse they are living in a time when the facts and technology surrounding deafness are misconstrued. Deaf like Me is a tale
Sound and Fury The meaning behind Sound and Fury was Deaf and hearing family’s reaction to the Cochlear Implant procedure and whether they should get it for their child. The purpose of this paper is to help show what some families go through when deciding to get a Cochlear Implant. I was surprised how defensive each side got (both hearing and Deaf). People in the Deaf culture thought it was wrong and they were throwing away their culture for something else.
Then one day she was no longer responding to her parents when they talked to her. Her parents then took her from one specialist to another and to this day, no one can explain why she suddenly lost her hearing. Her parents made the commitment that no matter what it took they were going to help her to become a part of the hearing world as much as was possible.
What was your experience and feelings about watching it? Throughout the documentary film Through Deaf Eyes, I felt amazed by deaf culture. The deaf culture is a versatile, rich, and unique community that more people need to be aware of. When the film was covering the transition of ASL schools to oral only I mostly felt ashamed of my own culture.
After this event I felt like I got a little taste of what Mark had experienced in the book Deaf Again, but the roles were switched I was hearing in an all deaf environment instead of being deaf in a hearing environment like mark was. Although this type of event could have scared me away from future deaf events it didn’t. The reason why I am looking forward to events like this in the future is because I’m going to persevere and improve so next time ill understand a little more and sooner or later ill understand everything that’s going on. Knowing how bad my ASL is makes me just want to get better. Therefore, there are many things I could improve onto make my future experiences better and I’m looking forward to the next
Inside Deaf Culture Inside deaf culture is a very strong book written by carol Padden and tom Humphries in this book authors have tried to give a tour of the most important moments that has shaped the Deaf culture. Book starts by showing how much power hearing people have had over the deaf population in the past and how they saw death people almost the same as criminals and also how they tried to get rid of them by placing them into asylums and intuitions and how this was a beginning of first schools for the deaf and how much power and control they had over the children under their care also there was a lot of rumors of how children were molested in these schools and because they
Have you ever thought why cochlear implants are a controversial issue? Some people tend to say that the cochlear implant is a great idea to give the child a chance in the future while others (a.k.a the deaf world) say that the cochlear implant will only make the child to not be interested in the deaf culture. Well to begin with, a cochlear implant is mainly an electronic device which replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants are planted inside your head to actually send sound signals to the brain through the device. The cochlear implants will only help the child and not change their identities because there are meant to help the child, improve their future, and to be able to be part of both the hearing
For a Deaf Son is a documentary about Thomas Thranchin, who was born deaf to hearing family. His father, a filmmaker, produced this documentary to offer an intimate look at how parents of a deaf child make decisions. The documentary is compiled together with interviews from audiologist, families of children with hearing loss, other expert in the field, as well as home videos of Thomas. Thomas was discovered to be profoundly deaf at the age of one and could only hear high frequency sound. This meant that with hearing aids on him, he could acquire speech and language with therapy.
As well as the challenge of many professionals encouraging put in hearing aids, making their child “hearing impaired”. Hearing parents are usually unsure of what to do, and end up following the path the professionals recommend. The book really helps emphasize the importance of not doing that. Instead, exposing a the child into the Deaf community would be the best option. They’ll be welcomed with wide arms, and it will help them feel most true to themselves.
At both sides of the argument, cochlear implants are a sensitive topic amongst the deaf community and those trying to further advancements on the cochlear implant device. The deaf community views the implants as a sense of false hope, false information and a long, disappointing