May 30, 2010

Cochlear Implant Activation Videos

Over the last decade, maybe, cochlear implant technology has progressed to the point where it can produce significant impacts early in a kid's language and neural development.

From the fascinating, if sometimes overly snarky discussion at Metafilter, it sounds like Deaf culture is adapting to the reality of cochlear implants, which are not a cure, but a treatment.

It's a nuanced, complicated, and sensitive perspective that might get overlooked, especially as people watch euphoric videos of the moment where a kid's CI is activated and he hears sound--including his parents' voices--for the first time.

Which makes Drew's blog, written by his parents [mostly his mom, lately, it seems], about a toddler's daily life with CI, all the more useful.

Cochlear Implant [metafilter]
Turn On My Ears! [turnonmyears]

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