Cochlear Implants Essay

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Cochlear Implants Have you ever considered putting metal in your head? Have you ever thought about putting metal in your child's head? That is precisely what audiologists want you to consider. A cochlear implant is a two part device used to increase the amount of hearing in someone with hearing loss. One part is surgically implanted into the head that attaches to the auditory nerve. This part has a magnet and a receiver. The second part is on the outside of the body. There is a hanging unit that hangs off of the ear that has the battery, microphone, and a small computer. This computer takes sounds and puts it in a form that can be transmitted through the magnetic sender. The magnetic sender conveys the information to the receiver on the inside of the head. This information is transmitted in a way that the brain can interpret, and “hear”. Sounds great right? Sounds like we could cure deafness? Here are some words from the X-men. Marie: Is it true? Can they cure us? Prof. Charles Xavier: Yes, Rogue. It appears to be true. Ororo Munroe: No, Professor. They can't cure us. You want to know why? Because there's nothin' to cure. Nothing's wrong with you. Or any of us, for that matter. 'If it isn't broken, don't fix it.' If a deaf individual can communicate effectively, why does it matter if they cannot hear? Deaf people are not broken. They do not need to be fixed. Cochlear implants should not be used irrationally, and should only be used at the whim of the receiver. Deafness is a disadvantage in our modern world. But, that does not mean they need to be cured, in fact it is quite the contrary. The Deaf Community has a vibrant culture with its own language and humor, it needs to be embraced and loved just like any other group of people. Growing up in the Deaf Community I have seen that people with cochlear implants are often shunned by people in the deaf

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