Are Cochlear Implants An Insult To Deaf People?

Are Cochlear Implants An Insult To Deaf People?

  • Yes, they are an insult, Deafness does not need to be 'Fixed'

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • No, they are not an insult, they simply help those who want to hear (better)

    Votes: 2 40.0%
  • It is a personal choice, and nobody elses business.

    Votes: 3 60.0%

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Baby is 'youngest in UK' to have cochlear implants
By Jane Dreaper, Health correspondent, BBC News

A baby has become the youngest in the UK to have cochlear implants - at the age of three months and three days.
Evie Smith had the first device implanted in her right ear, and then the second one seven weeks later.
Evie is now aged six months - and returned to St Thomas' NHS Hospital in London last week to have the devices activated.

Staff there have emphasised her case is exceptional.
Evie became profoundly deaf after contracting pneumococcal meningitis when she was just three days old.
She spent six weeks in intensive care, and needed to be on a ventilator for a fortnight.

She was given cochlear implants at an exceptionally young age because the meningitis led to bony growth - or ossification - in her inner ear.
The damage to Evie's ears was getting worse, which meant that waiting for implants at a later stage was not an option.

Cochlear implants cannot cure deafness - but they help Evie and children like her experience sound.
Audiological specialists fitted external processors to the outside of Evie's ears - these pick up sound and connect with the internal implants, which help send electrical signals to the brain.

The staff at St Thomas' banged a drum to monitor Evie's responses, as they programmed the processor. Watching her stir as she absorbed the sound meant the world to her parents.
Her mother, Jenny Harvey, 33, from Kent, told me: "When we found out she was deaf, what affected me most was the thought of her speech being impaired.

"But hopefully her speech should be very good - with input from the speech and language therapists.
"We're looking forward to hearing her say mummy and daddy.

"We didn't think we'd get to this stage. The outlook wasn't very good for Evie when she was very ill.
"It's such a relief that she's responding to the implants. It feels as though we're getting some good news now." :D

Many hospital appointments still lie ahead for Evie - but activating the implants has been a milestone for her parents.
Her father, Barrie Smith, 34, said: "We're hoping that Evie will go to a mainstream school.
"There are some things we still don't know about Evie's longer-term development - she will tell us as she grows older."

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The Ghana village where deaf couples were outlawed

The Ghanaian village of Adamorobe is unique in that 3% of its total population is deaf. To deal with communication struggles, the locals have created their own type of sign language.

However, in the 1970s, village elders banned deaf people from marrying each other in an attempt to keep the numbers of deaf children being born down.

Now with the ban lifted, the village is being studied by the University of Ghana to work out exactly how hereditary deafness works.