Cochlear implants are irreversible and irreplaceable. The article was very important to read for one biggest reason: Doctors are against recommendations by implanting Deaf children and that is damaging enough already. This is a huge step! It is very important to remember that none of young children under seven years of age have a normal speech. Cochlear implant promoters always target on babies and children under age 7 do “age-appropriate” speech. Do we even realize that? The link below will lead you to read and understand why the doctors are now against cochlear implants.
The other thing is that the older Deaf children began grammar lessons, which focus on their skills in applying punctuations in their speech. CI does not pick up punctuation “pauses” because it is unable to filter sounds as well as “punctuation” silenced.
From the article that says, “The device was implanted before they were 7 years old….” Again, up to seven years old. It is a big trick! No child, Deaf and hearing alike, have normal speech till after age 7. Ask any linguist, good or bad, if children under age 7 years old have intelligible speech. The answer will be NO. Period. How can they compare deaf children with cochlear implants with those children if their speech is not intelligible? They would capitalize on “age-appropriate” speech, meaning unintelligible speech. It is totally unbelievable! They always advertise deaf children up to age 7.
In grammar school, children are taught to speak properly based on punctuation. Once they have mastered the speech, they begin to shift from writing to rhetoric, the highest form of speech. Like I said in my older post, I had witnessed plenty of “yes-man” environments at Gallaudet where they accept the information with questions that confirm the same information. They allow the advertising flyers about cochlear implants on the hallways there. Serious business.
What bothers me the most is that the article said, “the implant preventing the thinking capacity among the kids” is very scary to read like this! How well Deaf children with cochlear implants, for example, depends on how much of listening and speaking they have done, and it is never autonomous! They have to start to think about hearing: they enter into a body of thought and try to hear. FOR WHAT? It is like, why would the bus driver drive to a wrong place and that’s how badly the thinking capacity is! For example, in late 1980s, 12 children died from the cochlear implant surgery!
Cochlear implant makers are trying to make Deaf children to be “hearing” people and act considerably different. All they care is about moneymaking and charging down on our being Deaf. They make us “hear” through high “hearing” technologies. It is all about general social exile are the norms that must be reversed.
The doctors who agree that cochlear implanting are morally wrong that makes them good doctors! Maxwell Bennett wrote in the Neuroscience & Philosophy: “The brain does not hear, but it’s not deaf, anymore than trees are deaf”. The other words, only human beings can be said, “to see or be blind, hear or be deaf, thoughtful or be thoughtless, and decisive or be indecisive.” We live in a society, why not we taught to believe in facts before myth, science before faith, and reason before assumption?
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I don’t even know where to begin with this post.
First, children who are implanted before 7 have better language and speech FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, not just until age 7. In fact, research says that 90% of kids with CIs done before 18 months will develop intelligible spoken language. With hearing aids only, that drops to 20%. The reason if has to be done before age 7 is because the window to learn language closes after that.
Did you read the article or just the headline? The problem is not with the implant, because the younger the kids were when they were implanted, the BETTER they did. And, the longer they had been activated, the BETTER they did. The problem lies not with CIs, but with deafness and lack of language.
OK, what is the research and who wrote it? Thanks.
Cole & Flexer, 2007
Cole, E., & Flexer, C. (2007). Children with hearing loss: Developing listening and talking birth to six. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.