ERIC Number: ED447630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Turned On: Cochlear Implants for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Persons.
This first-person account discusses how a cochlear implant has allowed an individual with deafness to hear. It describes how cochlear implants function, the development of cochlear implants and who can benefit from the implants and to what extent. It also discusses how well people can hear with a cochlear implant. Factors strongly associated with success with an implant, such as duration of profound deafness and motivation, are addressed. The second part of the paper discusses opposition to cochlear implants by individuals with deafness who believe the implants are an insult and a threat to their culture. The devices, according to these opponents, represent a condemnation of deafness and an attempt to fix something that they do not consider in need of fixing. Historical reasons for the opposition to cochlear implants are explored, and the need for support groups of individuals with cochlear implants is urged. The final part of the paper discusses future advances and upgrades of cochlear implants. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Attitudes toward Disabilities, Children, Cochlear Implants, Deafness, Eligibility, Hearing Aids, Hearing Impairments, Performance Factors, Resistance to Change
For full text: http://www.dinf.org/csun 98/csun 98 056.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the California State University Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (Los Angeles, CA, March 1998).