A cochlear implant is a device that provides partial hearing to the deaf. To get the device, surgery must be performed to implant it in the inner ear. The device does not make sound louder or easier to understand, it just directly arouses the hearing nerve so that the deaf and hard-of-hearing people can admit sound. Cochlear implants are not detrimental to the Deaf Culture for three reasons. It is a huge life changer and opportunity giver, the Deaf Culture/community will always remain apart of the person’s life, and their socialization would be broadened.
The first reason cochlear implants are not detrimental to the Deaf Culture is it is a huge opportunity giver and life changer. By implanting the person it will open up school, job, and endless possibilities. Heather Artinian from hit documentary Sound and Fury says in an interview following a couple years after getting implanted, “I was President of DECA, a business and community service chapter. I was President of my junior class, I was also captain of volleyball, basketball and lacrosse.”
Heather is an excellent example. Many people who do not get implanted will not have the opportunities she had and even with the cochlear implant she still remained part of the Deaf Culture with the ability to explore the hearing world as well. The second reason cochlear implants are not detrimental to the Deaf Culture is that the Deaf Culture will be always be apart of the person’s life. The cochlear implant is a device that can be removed whenever the person wants. When the cochlear implant is off, the person is the same as before they were implanted.
The person can still sign when they are with their deaf friends, community, family etc. Just because they are implanted does not mean that the surgery is taking out the deaf person that they are. The third reason cochlear implants are not detrimental to the Deaf Culture is their socialization would be broadened. Not only would the person be able to communicate with signing, he/she can also communicate in the hearing world as well, such as interpreting for another deaf person.
The cochlear implant enabled so many deaf and hard-of-hearing people to come out of the one world they know and explore what the hearing world has to offer and still remain true to their background. They would finally hear laughter, cries, cars passing by, and just sound in general. That is an amazing thing that a deaf person could experience. Cochlear implants are not detrimental to the Deaf Culture because it is a huge opportunity giver and life changer, the Deaf Culture/community will always remain apart of the person’s life, and their socialization would be broadened.