I don't really have a story, other than, I think that decision is everyone's own to decide. In case of a baby or a child, I can only hope that the parents have taken a lot of consideration and were given information on every possible option that is available out there.
What I know for sure, is that audiologist will often tell anyone that they are a candidate for C.I. And they do that because it brings business for them. That is the only issue I have because I know for a fact that there are many hard of hearing people out there that can get by with just a hearing aid and/or a digital aid. For a person who can hear a lot with a hearing aid and can utilize the phone, why in darnation would an audiologist try to convince the person that he/she is a candidate for a C.I.?
I can do so much with the amount of hearing loss I have with a hearing aid, why risk losing something I already have for a C.I.? What if it doesn't work? What if I don't like it? I think audiologists need to be more upfront with all the information they are pushing out there.
But, if a person is totally deaf with hardly any hearing and having a hearing aid will not do much, then, I would say, go for it if that's what you want.
If nothing else, these implantees are actually paving the road for a better technology for the deaf of the future. Without them, technology would not be improving for those who actually want to HEAR! Gotta hand it to them!
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