Hi, I'm not deaf myself so I thought the best way to understand this is to ask the deaf community itself in order to gain the perspective of them.
With the advent of genetic modification, soon it will be possible for doctors to edit any types of genetic disease out of newborns. My question is that what deaf people think about the possibility of not only the next generation of people to be 100% free of deaf babies, but every generation after that.
Would deaf people consider this a good or a bad thing? If you had the choice to be born with hearing or to be born which one would you pick?
Comment: Depends how you see deafness,
(A) as a disability
(B) As a rogue gene or as
(C) Au natural state of being.
70m deaf suggest the jury is still out. There is a clash of medical/social view. The majority seeing hearing loss as a disablement. However there are MANY different genes that contribute to deafness and loss. Current thought, is that none of the genes are capable of removal at present, we were told 25 years ago, deaf children would no longer be born, but that hasn't happened.
If we could remove genes now, there are still deaf areas who would seek out a deaf gene to perpetuate their culture, and of course illness or accident can add to deaf populations too.
The third world will probably be the central areas of cultural deaf, western areas will have better access to the 'cure'. With better equipped special facilities and advances we can expect drastic inroads into the current perceptions of deafness and community.
It will be a minority under fire for some time to come. The issue is Identification of the particular gene that contributes to going or being deaf. Cultural deaf are refusing to be assessed in most part. One suspects parents hold the key, not the community, as they could take 'action' prior to birth, thus pre-empting any collective cultural view prevailing.