Cochlear implants and the deaf culture Finally there has been a well researched, balanced view taken by a member of our profession regarding Deaf culture as a factor in considering use of cochlear implants with children. I hope that professionals who have strong views in support of or opposition to implanting children will study this article ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   July 01, 1993
Cochlear implants and the deaf culture
 
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  • David J. Schmidt
    Spartanburg, SC
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   July 01, 1993
Cochlear implants and the deaf culture
American Journal of Audiology, July 1993, Vol. 2, 75-a. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0202.75b
 
American Journal of Audiology, July 1993, Vol. 2, 75-a. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0202.75b
Finally there has been a well researched, balanced view taken by a member of our profession regarding Deaf culture as a factor in considering use of cochlear implants with children. I hope that professionals who have strong views in support of or opposition to implanting children will study this article and remember one important thing: It is the parents of these children who have to live with decisions made about their auditory development.
As a certified teacher, interpreter, and audiologist, it has become clear to me that no professional really knows “the” answer for deaf education. If we did, we would have printed it and marketed it long ago. Some day our tools of hearing aids, or cochlear implants, or American Sign Language may well be considered obsolete. They only threaten us when we hold too tightly to our view and our need to be “right.” Perhaps we would do well to expend that energy taking a tighter hold of the hands of parents who need our encouragement in making a decision for their child’s best interest.
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