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Cochlear Implants

jbondrocks

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Report this May. 05 2012, 6:06 pm

I tried a search for the term but only had a few mentions about the implants. Basically, it is a device implanted into the inner ear that has a receiver. There is a transmitter worn on the outside of the head with a magnet attaching the device to the head. It is designed to allow people born with sever or profound hearing loss to hear or for those who have lost their natural hearing later in life to have it restored. I have a son who was born profoundly deaf and we have looked into this technology. There is a bit of controversy surrounding them, mostly from the Deaf community. Whether or not we choose this route I think that the technology and possibilities are amazing. I was just curious as to what  you guys thought about them,

ElizabethTlesTucker

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Report this May. 05 2012, 8:02 pm

I heard about Cochlear Implants years ago and have wondered what the controversy is about. I don't have an opinion one way or the other. What are some of the arguments against. Thanks, ETT

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Report this May. 06 2012, 11:30 am

@jbondrocks - I am sorry, but until I read your paost I had never heard of Cochlear implants.


@ElizabethTlesTucker - Because I had never heard of these implants I started to do a quiick research on the internet. The link below is what I found. Perhaps the controversy jbondrocks is talking about is the same controversy discussed in the article I have linked below:


http://vestibulopathy.com/cochlear-implant-controversy/


 

jbondrocks

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Report this May. 06 2012, 4:01 pm

That is a basic idea of what the controversy is about. People in the Deaf community feel like it takes away from their culture and that being deaf isn't something that needs to be fixed.


For my wife and I, we haven't made a decision about what we plan to do yet. We have said that no matter what we want to learn ASL (American Sign Language) and be involved with the Deaf community. Some people think that the implants are a "cure" for deafness. We disagree. Although the implants can restore hearing to an extent, they aren't a cure. At the end of the day, my son is still deaf. The implants are more of a tool to help him in a way.


 

miklamar

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Report this May. 07 2012, 1:16 pm

If these implants would enable hearing-impaired people to hear again, or to hear for the first time, I think that would be wonderful.


It would be like Star Trek's subdermal transponders--at least, as far as being able to hear.


They would, of course, be something totally different from microchip implants designed to locate someone, to which many people object.


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Reliant Redshirt

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Report this May. 07 2012, 6:23 pm

I think that the implants would be a great aid to your son, being deaf he might not hear a car comming his way, hear a warning, etcetera.
as for loosing an identity, think of Geordi on TNG,(I am not insane, I know LeVar has eyesight, but his character is what counts), he is blind, he has the identity of a blind, and can move arround without the VISOR, but he can also get quite well along without it, the same would apply to your son (as to say don't think he will be ostracized by other heaing impaired persons, he just can put something that helps him, like glasses to a near sighted person), and also teach him hand sign language

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Report this May. 07 2012, 8:49 pm

It would be interesting to have an implant in the head that allowed for instant recall of knowledge as well as storage of knowledge that could be accessed by the brain.


It wouldn't be a borg but just a human with the ability to exist on a new level of intelligence which will make things...


Better : )


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ElizabethTlesTucker

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Report this May. 08 2012, 6:29 am

 


@ caltrek2 thanks for postinhg the link


 


Many moons ago I attended a community college in Hawaii (Kapiolani Community College). They had a center that was dedicated to working with deaf and hard of hearing. I tried learning ASL but only got through one semester. A very different way of expressing one’s self. Anyway, I don’t recall the professor broaching the questions over the Cochlear Implant. I imagine that it would be a difficult choice. How old is your son and is there a time limit on when he has to have the implant or can it wait? If I had a child who was deaf or hard of hearing I would want to leave the choice to him if that could be done.


 

jbondrocks

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Report this May. 08 2012, 3:58 pm

Thanks for the replies.


@ETT He is 6 months old right now. They say that they would like to do the implants when he is around 1 year old. Technically it can wait but the longer the wait the more likely normal speech and interpreting sound can be delayed. I will agree that it is a hard choice. When I first heard of implants I also said I'd rather wait to let the child decide...but now that it is me it becomes a much tougher decision. Without sounding hostile or disrespectful, it is much easier to say what we would do until we are put in that position. Please don't take that the wrong way. I don't mean it negatively because like I said, I thought the same way.


Anyways, like I've stated before, I think if nothing else, the technology is amazing. I think it will be interesting to see where technology like this goes in the years to come.

ElizabethTlesTucker

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Report this May. 08 2012, 4:10 pm

@ jbondrocks No offense taken. Your comment about learning language and 'understanding' what sounds mean makes sense. So obvious that I hadn't thought of it.

wissa

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Report this May. 09 2012, 7:25 am

what they can do is amazing.  My cousin is inexplicably going deaf as an adult and will at some point get the implants.  From what I understand his hearing isn't bad enough yet to qualify for the surgery. 


 


personally, if it were my child I would go for the implants as well.


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randy kerr

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Report this Jun. 06 2012, 4:51 pm

i hope that they will find a better way for them to hear better.

jbondrocks

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Report this Jun. 13 2012, 1:37 pm

@Kira.Ryn, Thank you for your opinion. From my understanding, for some people it works very well, and for others, not as well. The surgery itself is an outpatient surgery. It isn't as if they "crack open" the skull. Yes they go into the skull and I understand that, but you're wording is a bit off. I agree that my son isn't broken and doesn't need to be "fixed". I don't think of the implants as a "cure" for deafness like many people do...just another tool to use to experience different things. I've accepted my son from day one. I do appreciate the comments though as differing opinions are what help people to learn, as do friendly debate.

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Report this Jun. 13 2012, 6:38 pm

This topic gives me a lot of trouble.  I didn't walk as a child, and was never ashamed of the lack, and a proud member of a community of disabled kids.  But the pretense that a disability isn't a disability is overwhelming nonsense.


Is there any other basic sense or ability that your child might lack, that you wouldn't correct if possible?  Would it be reasonable for me to hope a child of mine wouldn't walk so we could share the same 'culture' as some deaf citizens expouse?   Would we even be having this conversation if we were talking about blindness?


As to deafness not being a health problem - what about safety?  What about hearing a car driving toward you?


Caveat - you are asking all the right questions about a medically uncertain procedure.  Remember that medical research advances constantly.  Is the procedure reversible if the results aren't what you hope for?


 


Best wishes!!


 

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Report this Jun. 13 2012, 6:40 pm

KiraRyn, I'm not sure I understand that point of view. Without my glasses I wouldn't be able to read this board. They don't change me, they improve me. With them I experiance more in life than I would without them. I would have to say the same applies to these implants. As for the skull cracking comments, are you saying that there is the probability that people getting these will suffer brain damage? My aunt had a tumor removed from her brain. They "cracked open" her skull, and it likely saved her life.


jbondrocks, far be it for me to say this not being a parent myself, but these are the difficult choices one has to make. I certainly wish you and your son the best. I guess the questions you have to ask yourself are will your son live a better life with this surgery. No one questions you love your son, or don't accept him either way. If it's going to be done, I would think sooner would be better than later so he can learn the various sounds earlier. Best of luck to you in whatever course you take.


 


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