On July 20th 2013, The Economist published a very damaging article about cochlear implants, which give families with born-deaf children valuable opportunities, such as using two spoken languages in the family home.
Team Sound Advice recommends reading the below response from the founder of the Cochlear Implant Online website, herself implanted as a young child:
Choice is a core issue with implants, and parents choose for a child’s future:
Today’s parents know their options and in Ireland, child implants allow dual-country families to speak fluent English with – for example Basque, Arabic, French, Dutch, Swedish or other language/s. That’s if the baby’s hearing issues are detected early, and they get implant/s by 18 months of age.
This video also shows how cochlear implants can benefit children:
Parents who choose cochlear implants for their child/ren have done huge amounts of research with much soul-searching. Accordingly their decisions deserve to be respected by others – which sadly, is not always the case.
- What Is “The Deaf Debate” With Cochlear Implants?
- “Ninety-Five Decibels” – A Movie About Parent Choices
- The Sky’s The Limit, When Parents Are Informed (bilateral hearing)
- What Exactly Does Oral Deaf Education Involve?
- How Policy Can Lag The Grassroots Reality
- What It Feels Like … to have a deaf child
- Deaf Children ‘Can Learn Their Family Language’
- Early Implants Best For Baby’s Language Progress