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Cochlear Implant: Deaf Community

  • By: Raylene Paludneviciene & Raychelle Harris
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Cochlear implants have different implications depending on one’s standpoint. A cochlear implant is a device that converts sound to electrical impulses which is then transmitted to the auditory nerve, and then translated into sound by the brain. If this person is a member of the Deaf community, then this device has more meaning than just an auditory device. The history of the Deaf community and auditory technology is a complicated one, fraught with heartbreaking stories of coercion into wearing auditory technology regardless of their safety and well being, contrasted with testimonials from people who derive great benefit from auditory technology. In simpler terms, it depends on how one perceives being deaf, either as a disability to fix or cure, also known as the medical perspective, ...

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