Best of Both Worlds?

by Alyssa
(Michigan)

I enjoyed reading your article and I agree with many of the points you presented about cochlear implants as well as the deaf community. For example, I agree that hearing parents/people and the deaf community need to reach out and connect with eachother and close the "gap." I was also pleased with your views on the cochlear implant as a parent. It is hard for me to take a firm stand when it comes to my beliefs on cochlear implants. There are so many variables you have to take into account when deciding whether or not to get implanted, especially if you are a parent of a deaf child. I recently discussed this topic with my mom and she said, with no doubt in her mind, that she would get her child implanted if he/she were deaf. She also stated that she probably felt that way because she, herself, is hearing so the decision seemed the most logical to her. In the same respect, she and I understand why someone who is hard of hearing may opt not to get implanted. I feel it is a subject that people make so black-and-white, but why can't we have both? Why can't someone learn ASL and also recieve an implant? I understand it could be a struggle and there may be downfalls and/or a lot of different aspects/circumstances one would have to take into consideration. It is hard to take a stand and say, "This idea is better," because it's not always so clean-cut.

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