Just when you thought these anti-CI idiots had gone away we read this rubbish !
Most hearing people think cochlear implants are a "cure" for deafness. They're not. AP/Eckehard Schulz
• Many deaf people are encouraged to get a cochlear implant.
• It's a high-tech medical device that helps the deaf perceive sound.
• But these devices aren't as simple as they seem — and they're not a "cure" for deafness.
• INSIDER spoke with deaf people who have stopped using cochlear implants to learn why they're not always a medical miracle.
Five years ago, a deaf woman named Sloan Churman decided to film herself at the moment she activated her new cochlear implant — the surgically implanted device that helps deaf people perceive sounds. "29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time!" she wrote as a caption, when she uploaded the clip to Youtube.
That video has now been viewed more than 26 million times.
The viral reach of Churman's story is no surprise, considering its emotional punch: Watch her face as she hears herself speak. Watch her, overcome by a new sensation, suspended somewhere between smiling and sobbing. You'll probably feel your own eyes well up, too. Churman's video isn't the only one of its kind. Type "cochlear implant" into the search bar on YouTube and you'll find thousands of videos — even fan-made video compilations — documenting reactions of deaf or hard of hearing people getting their implants switched on.
Babies' faces scrunch up then light up when they finally hear the voice of a parent. Adults transform from straight-faced to full-on crying. And in every video, we see what appears to be boundless, uncomplicated joy.
But cochlear implants are not as simple as these viral videos make them seem.
For some deaf people, the implant really is a positive, life-changing intervention. For others, however, cochlear implants are more nuisance than medical miracle.