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Did Dr. Andreas Gerstner Spark Surdophobia in Germany?

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There is an international case in Germany about cochlear implants. The case is supposed to make a statement in a courtroom on Monday, November 20th. The case: The parents of a Deaf child makes a final decision-making authority not to support cochlear implants for their own Deaf child then the doctor takes them to the court for not supporting the idea of cochlear implants even though the doctor do not support them as the parental decision makers. Who gives Dr. Andreas Gerstner have the authority to think that way?

So, cochlear implants are the matter of making decision regarding Deaf children’s welfare. Is there even a law for cochlear implant industries to have the rights to make decision over parents’ decision? Is it another sick and inhumane strategy to help cochlear implant stockholders becoming rich?

Is it a hate crime what they are doing? That shows how much cochlear implant companies have control damage over our human system. And they are trying to gain even more. If the case in Germany is awarded to the doctor and force Deaf child to get implanted, then it is an alarming rate. These cochlear implant industries are harming Deaf people’s body, health, and mind. The court must recognize that the doctor is doing cochlear implant industries a favor to generalize millions in profits. Will the sound-hearing courthouse really understand what it is like being Deaf? No! The language of Audism will be heard in this courtroom. But, will it ever brought up with the term, “Audism” in the court room?

We must continue to resist against cochlear implant practices and attempting to control and monetize Deaf children for profits. When people hear or read literature about Deaf people in negative ways, with the culture of fear, many people with Surdophobia (fear of Deaf people), for example, the doctor in the case—where the parents deal with the concerns being shared about the opinions. How dare do the doctor have right to share opinions about Deaf people?

If the court goes ahead with the verdict for Dr. Andreas Gerstner, we must prepare to be the bearer of oppression, and we need to send a message—right away—that we are not going to let cochlear implant industries to become wealthiest quietly. The doctor should be billed for the entire legal cost. What happened to human rights? They feel most complete when oppressing Deaf people, only when they find the right sequence of war words can effectively bare their souls.

However, as they think without bias that Deaf people are still weak, they explore more oppression genres, they generate more hate for the ignorance exceeds oppression pursuits. What made them interested in how oppression was utilized in every day contexts, how typified thoughts were exposed to hate in professional pursuits (for example, a doctor) and how hate is invisible alongside rapidly “hearing” technologies?

One of the goals, as editor of this blog post, is to convey what we need to stand up against hate—especially at this unpleasantly tense and fractious moment in Deaf community history, when it is perfectly legal to implant a Deaf child whose parents opposed the idea? I am very curious with the verdict—and we must prepare for the exploration of collateral consequences. In that case, Dr. Andreas Gerstner should lose his license over a difference of opinion. Totally!!

 

–JT

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The Gallaudet CI Lab

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When I saw this advertisement at Gallaudet University the other day, the administration and Gallaudet Institutional Review Board [IRB] approved the idea of “The Gallaudet CI Lab”—is another good example of oppression spiral. Perhaps the university administration started getting what could be called “bored” only in their time. Might it be connected with the oppression?

Oppression? Yes, it is! This is the world in progress. Deaf people are already in progress. Oppression is not a progress. The Gallaudet CI Lab is not a progress. This is Gallaudet University, one of the most popular places to be Deaf. Being not Deaf enough is not very clever. It is simple and serious. It is not even a rhetorical question; it is a plea for a pity—progressing away from progress. Why did the advertisement say, “Hey, CI Users! We need your help!”–yes, the kind of help to make Gallaudet rich. It is all about money.

Well, if progress means change toward the best, and being Deaf is the best, then progress means change towards ASL. Do we agree that ASL is the goal of progress? No, CI is not the progress. Bomjun Kwon—Laboratory of Auditory Perception and Cochlear Implants, encouraged The Gallaudet CI Lab idea.

Who is Bomjun Kwon? He is currently an associate professor in Hearing, Speech, and Language Science department at Gallaudet University. He published eight articles or more about cochlear implants. In an overview, Kwon writes, “We often compare experimental results across listener populations: for example, normal hearing and hearing-impaired listeners (for a further classification, hearing-aid users vs. cochlear implants users)”

In a Gallaudet website, ‘the research in the laboratory of auditory perception and cochlear implants has been funded by an NIH grant awarded to Dr. Kwon on perceptual effects of stimulation configuration of cochlear implants.’

Do not be surprised if Karl White supports this idea—and also, do not be surprised if Kwon and White keep in touch with each other. We all know that Karl White had the effect of creating a series of false images, and the dismissal of Deaf people with goals to collapse of the Deaf community. Why is that we were not informed about Bomjun Kwon? Could he be the next Karl White at Gallaudet University? Are you aware that Kwon holds two United States patents regarding coding strategies of cochlear implants? Gallaudet University must pay him a lot of money to make Gallaudet University proud. How much are they paying Kwon to create another patent?

What happened to intellectual life of the Deaf into the 21st century? ASL belongs in higher education of all the Deaf. Within probing intelligence, scholarly rigor, and humanist concern, Deaf people continue to be at the forefront of the struggle to bring the knowledge of past and present users of ASL in the rest of the world. Gallaudet University should be always—ASL-centered. Not CI-Centered or CI Lab.

-JT

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References:

http://www.gallaudet.edu/department-of-hearing-speech-and-language-sciences/research/auditory-perception-lab

 

 

Rebuke Cochlear Implant PSA

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I just got finished watching a movie just now, Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt—there was a quote from the movie with the opening scene that I should share with the readers. “A new world. A fresh start. Room to grow.”

The video via YouTube whom released to the public, Cochlear Implant PSA was full of public stunt and deception. All those implanted people are the passengers of cochlear implant industries. Nothing is more important of the difference between being Deaf and using ASL than the public stunt about cochlear implants (CI) as an attribute of success. CI people carry boasting to extremes.

Those same implanted people “cyborgs” seemingly obsessed with their own accomplishment, they said things like this: “Personal choice” and that is very dangerous public relations. Just like a movie, Passengers, Chris said, “Say you were trapped on a desert island, and you have the power to wish somebody there with you. You wouldn’t be alone anymore. But you’d be stranding the person on the island. How do…would you make that wish?” then the bartender who is a cyborg said to him, “I don’t know. I’ve never been on an island”

Exactly. Poor those CI people in the video. The public wants you to feel happy for them. CI people are like dogs needing constant praises and treats—treating them passengers. Alanna Kilroy, a cochlear implant user in the video said, “If I had to use ASL [American Sign Language], I would feel tremendously hindered by this form of communication.” and that was why Alanna never been on an island where ASL would be everywhere and she would realize that ASL is beautiful.

The key word, she said, “hindered” as in resulting in delay—ouch. Insulting the world of ASL for Deaf people. ASL often implies the existence of a separate world of knowledge. It cannot be denied, but Alanna must remember that ASL is primarily designed to refer to Deaf people’s own experience being Deaf.

Alanna and all those implanted people in PSA video represent the majority of minority population, that remain all their lives in a state of synthetic sounds, beholding only sounds they could not comprehend or identity. Their view of the world is most inadequate, distorted by social “passions and prejudices” against the nature of being Deaf and ASL.

However, if one of the implanted people, especially Alanna, who would remove cochlear implant for good, and grows accustomed to use ASL, she will often a time be able to look at ASL in a new light, of which she had formerly been denied. Then she would be “converted” from the world of synthetic sounds to the world of the Deaf. Nature—it is humankind’s original or natural condition. Nurture—it is something that nourishes or trains.

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Did you know that some Deaf has stopped using cochlear implants? When you ask them why stop wearing them, they would say, “My nature is being Deaf.” Even though they were raised nourishing for years and years. Still nature overcomes nurture. Those CI people in the video should not be struck on the CI ship. They were brainwashed.

At the end of the movie, it said, “A friend once said….You can’t get so hung up on where you’d rather be that you forget to make the most of where you are.”…’We got lost along the way. But we found each other. And we made a life. A beautiful life. Together.’

Remember the beginning of the movie above in the first paragraph? A new world. A fresh start. Room to grow. That! Deaf people were born on Mother Earth for a reason to create beautiful life. CI was never part of Earth’s life. 258? You decide.

Morale: Sense perception is not the object of intelligence.

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-JT

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Do Not Give Up, Stand Up, and Read Up!

Year 2064: Cyborg University for the Deaf

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The 21st century will bring many changes to Gallaudet: social changes as we enter the age of international terrorism known as “cochlear implants”, attempting to get rid of ASL and Deaf culture, as our government makes political decisions which will effect many generations to come on a global level.

There are, and will be environmental concerns as once we may run out of batteries. Imagine what if the future of cochlear implants demanding huge changes in 21st century would most likely to use genocide steps in scientific research, complete with its own moral quandaries over DNA identification, stem cell cloning, and cures for the state of being Deaf.

We are at economic struggles—where the technology is difficult to stabilize, due in part to foreign competition, outsourcing of labor and volatile stock market prices. Another problem that is already apparent and will become more so in the near future is the growing problem at Gallaudet University. The set up of a cochlear implant center at Gallaudet University is already a big red flag.

The sharing of cochlear implant center is bound to reach scarcity as we enter into this new era, unless we discard our Deaf culture and adopt a more effectual way of living, by replenishing, and reducing human oppression from the society telling us to get cochlear implant or else.

From an article (look below for references): “By 2064, it’s entirely possible that neural engineers may be fluent enough to mimic those instructions, allowing them to repair a human being’s faulty systems by rewiring them.”

Is Gallaudet University powerful and educated enough need to conjure more ways to share these valuable resources with Deaf community in an ever-growing international economy and global community that the money is for cochlear implant mapping is more important than ASL?

Unless we bring our knowledge and truth, then cochlear implant companies would seriously interfere with Gallaudet University as a community of international commerce in action.

The future is now unpredictable. We need to preserve ASL and Deaf culture in an optimistic and innovative attitude of change, with educational and economic oppression regarding the cochlear implant industries, the resources we insist using ASL in abundance, in fact, we do not need oppression.

Futurologist and transhumanist Ray Kurzweil who works for Google, said that all the humans will be immortal in the year 2045. human beings will also become immortal in the year 2045. (references below)

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I remember attending Michael Chorost’s lecture, How to Put Your Brain on the Internet held at Library of Congress in DC few years ago, he was talking about the future of cochlear implants–and hope for cyborg-sim. I was furious and asked him a question that he refused to answer. He knew what he was practicing: pure genocide. That’s it.

While democracy is ideally a good and fair system of representation based on the popularity of ASL, it is likely that it will always make from the bottom up. This way, ASL and Deaf culture will spend and live in harmony with a populous Earth, and all its other inhabitants.

A panel of Gallaudet citizens from all walks of life that were educated enough to understand this system would be called upon to preserve Deaf culture first, in turn, affect all of us. Think of that way. Cochlear implant industries, is available to all who seek it, and are decriminalized in order to keep the black market activity and crime to a minimum.

An important direction that Gallaudet needs to be heading again is also to the field of higher education, for example, Deaf Studies, which needs to uproot its knowledge. No cochlear implant industries will ever control Gallaudet University’s economic and political reasons.

While I personally hope that Gallaudet University in 2064 (200 years anniversary of the ground-breaking higher education for Gallaudet students), would make Deaf-centered, Deaf-controlled, and Deaf-oriented university. We must look past our fears and realize that we are entering the age of a global community, where we must all do our part in assuring there will be resources left for our Deaf community, and so forth.

We must look to the heavens and be willing to make the first brave step into uncharted territory, and be willing to pioneer it responsibly, learning from the way we have transformed Gallaudet in 1864, in order to maintain a healthy environment. Think about quality and quantity of life in a changing world for Deaf people.

We must raise a religious barrier, EPHPHATHA, on the Gallaudet’s seal that we are all taught to struggle ourselves. It is only when we make these realizations that we have a true chance of surviving ASL and Deaf culture, and making the most of what the miracles of earth and life would have to offer. I do not even want to think that Gallaudet University will be full of cyborgs. They would call it Cyborg University for the Deaf. Scary thought, eh?

-JT

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References:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/we-will-end-disability-by-becoming-cyborgs

http://www.trueactivist.com/google-futurist-predicts-that-most-humans-will-be-cyborgs-by-2030/

https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-13-037/

 

 

 

The Tides of Deaf Mind: Uncovering the Self-Hate

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Today, there are thousands of parents of Deaf children who are now cochlear implanted 40% in America according to VICE—and that is scary statistics.

There are sure to be far-fetching consequences of what is taking place both in cochlear implant industry of the richest and most powerful country in human history and in what Dr. Dimity Dornan, former Executive Director and Founder of Hear and Say made a hate speech towards Deaf people:

“I think deafness is at the same stage polio was…it is a scourge in our world but it can be almost completely eradicated. I believe we can truly make this happen.”

I mean, fuck, that is bullshit and Dimity has no business to make a human decision that Deaf people should be eradicated. The term of ‘eradicated’ means to remove or destroy utterly. Is this not a cultural genocide? It is hate!

Dimity comes from Australia. The cochlear implant makers come from Australia spreading the energy of eradication into America, the world’s richest and powerful country.

Look again—above. One more time. “Scourge” that is even worse. In dictionary, it means, a whip or lash, especially for the infliction of punishment or torture.

Remember Charles Dickens’s story, A Christmas Carol:

A ghost faced Ebenezer Scourge.

Scourge: Who are you?

Ghost: The Ghost of TV Past.

Scourge: What do you want of me at this hour, ghost?

Ghost: I’m here to show you the errors of your ways.

Scourge: Where are you taking me?

Ghost: To the television set.

Scourge: What are those?

Ghost: Old sitcoms.

The old sitcoms…Deaf people are beautiful without cochlear implants. Deaf people are beautiful without speaking and hear. Deaf people are beautiful without oppression.

Deaf people do not need to be punished or being tortured because they are Deaf. That’s morally wrong. We need to take strong action to protect our state of being Deaf as fundamental values and stop the wave of hate crimes and other bias-related including Dornan’s statement.

I cannot imagine that statement in Australia would spread into classroom bigotry spawned by Dornan’s words that later become a global xenophobic rhetoric and created haters to help cochlear implant makers rich to target vulnerable Deaf minds.

The form of harassment is no longer recognized. Dornan’s falsehoods—it seems, to distract attention from controversies and has to do with hearing ideology. Why is it being ignored?

The Deaf minds are the most sacred entitlement of all time. It is complicated and sensitive. We all need to know the minds are practically protected in its level of awareness.

After Dornan’s hate speech statement, it was in order to attack Deaf people and practice institutionalized Audism in historically hearing world. What about institutionalized bigotry and hate, both overt and subtle? Audism is part of hate.

Dornan’s words not only reflected ignorance and callousness about the awareness of Deaf people and culture, Dornan championed the perfect example of hate speech has its roots in worst oppression including self-hate, too.

-JT

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More Than Just Being Boxed In: Attacking Deaf People is a New Norm

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Boxed In. David Call. 2017.

Cochlear implant industries are out of control. When oppressors throws Deaf soul away in the box, that is the face of discipline—I mean, look at that way, think about struggle for our language and culture that we the Deaf have to deal either through or between financial and emotional is unthinkable; That’s exactly the box—punishing Deaf people—for what? IDEA! Let’s box them! Imagine what is next…..

You see, there are evil eyes aka cochlear implant industries and stockholders out there looking for any flaws to stop the truth about Deaf culture and ASL, they develop underground online camps and install blogs about how wonderful cochlear implants are.

Those haters has attempted or thought they would stall the truth. Piece by piece, word-by-word, eyes by eyes, everything ASL have built in the last 50 years that will not accept to be defeated.

Thousands of Deaf people who were trapped in the box, has met and discovered the journey of Deafhood to set up symbolic messages. They walk out of the box and tell the stories that the struggle for the language and culture as their everyday reality and it is happening everywhere in the lens of Deaf Education today and tomorrow.

The cochlear implant industries attempts to constitute an attack on intellectual life of Deaf people, also attempting to denounce them as human beings. Not only that the box represents Deaf people as intellectual inferiority—causing more problems.

It is not the society’s business to determine when being Deaf is the problem or not. Yes, that’s right, none of their business, really. All the survivors who were in the box, are the champions of defeating gross language hegemony and held those oppressors, for example, cochlear implant industries, cued-speech organizations, and oralism practices responsible for attacking their lives. Isn’t it a new norm for them to attack Deaf people? Enough.

They are the reason they are the miscue of resources as corrupt dictators and seek power as well as wealth in batteries and cochlear implant mapping more than the welfare of Deaf people.

I would ask that, in addition to continue and challenge cochlear implant industries, we need to step in to remedy the rampant human and civil rights violations that continue to occur in Deaf America, that it take punitive measures against cochlear implant industries for such a reprehensible breach of human rights violation that has put their lives in jeopardy. Are we all getting sick of being boxed in? Let’s get out of the box!

-JT

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Deaf Art of the Decade

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David Call’s Deaf Soul Extraction. 2017.

That is exactly why Hate Watch should also monitor cochlear implant companies for the pillars of genocide. It is easy to think that the companies’ gets away with hate crimes. We should remember that many stockholders from the cochlear implant companies invading our lives each year, finding a way to dehumanize us, hoping to erase us as not productive members of the society.

With Hate Watch supporting Deaf community and rehabilitation, the survivors who once were a member of cochlear implant number like social security numbers; we need more stories from those survivors. As long as Deafhood framework heals those people, they will become more productive than ever. They can be pillars of Deaf community.

So, I decided to let my eyes to study Call’s work, I noticed that he was drawing 7th human subject, and decide to share my love of mathematics as Georg Cantor, a German mathematician once said, “The essence of mathematics lives in its freedom.” so, I went ahead and discovered with the help of numerology for 7 and seek for the meaning and it’s where it became interesting.

The number 7 is the seeker, the thinker, the searcher of Truth (notice the capital “T”). The 7 doesn’t take anything at face value — it is always trying to understand the underlying, hidden truths. The 7 knows that nothing is exactly as it seems and that reality is often hidden behind illusions.

By focusing on education, mentoring and empowerment, the aims are to eliminate hateful tactics. Cochlear implant companies are held responsible for the crimes they committed. Hate Watch would make all the difference. Appreciate cochlear implant survivors’ real life experiences, and frank and meaningful discussions in society.

The Deaf Soul Extraction by David Call should be the Deaf Art of the Decade. Period. Why not David Call earns the highest prestigious American honor called National Medal of Arts? The Deaf Soul Extraction should be brought and sealed into National Endowment for the Arts’ database. The United States Congress recognizes the National Medal of Arts. It was founded in 1984. The same year where the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the biggest mistake of human evolution and authority.

“In 1984, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first cochlear implant for use in adults ages 18 and older. Five years later, the FDA approved the first cochlear implant for use in children ages 2 years and older.” [The link will be shown in references below]

Food for thought. Notice something? Five years later, that’s 1989, right? That year where 12 Deaf children had been extracted their souls only to be carried into 12 coffins. It is a lifetime nail-biting experience. Cochlear implant companies and FDA’s actions raise the question–what are they getting out of destroying Deaf human beings? Will their business profit from a stripped-down Deaf community?

There are a lot of illegal conflict of interests and stop the bigotry and unconstitutional activity by cochlear implant companies and…FDA to the full extent of extraction and soul-wrenching fear of going against human authority and pursuit of happiness–Deaf community do not deserve to be target of a hidden agenda.

The art says it all! Deaf subjects have the essence of mathematics to live in the name of freedom! Cochlear implants are in the danger of hidden mathematical truth. They are now hidden behind the web of lies. Call’s work is all behind the illusionary art. It is a brilliant work. I nominate this artwork to be Deaf Art of the Decade.

-JT

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References:
https://report.nih.gov/NIHfactsheets/ViewFactSheet.aspx?csid=83http://www.numerology.com/numerology-numbers/7

In Response For Nyle DiMarco

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So, here is first Deaf person to win America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22 and Dancing With The Stars Season 22 and set up his YouTube channel, Nyle DiMarco and let people ask him random questions on February 15, 2017, Were You Bullied For Being Deaf?”

With due all respect for Nyle, that is where the buck has to stop there. Paddy Ladd, the author of Understanding Deaf Culture: In the Search of Deafhood,

Utilising their contacts in the scientific establishment and the media, a public climate has been manufactured which once again again proclaims the advent of the ‘miracle cure’ and suggests once more that ‘deafness is abolished’.” (page 159) and “In the case of cochlear implants, for example, one would expect the trumpeting of such a ‘cure’ to represent a contradiction to our absorbed miracle of the Little Magic Box. ‘If the box works so well, we might ask, ‘then why is such brutally invasive surgery deemed necessary?'” (page 173) 

It is exactly a good example of media manipulation when someone asked Nyle a question, “what’s your opinion on cochlear implants in relation to (the lack of) sign language acquisition?” That was un-American question.

I was surprised what his response was. First of all, please remember that I am not against people who are cochlear implant users, but I am against cochlear implants itself. Please remember that.

Nyle signed in 2:10 video, “Well, I have nothing against cochlear implants. I would support whatever a child wants to do whether their parents want to get a cochlear implant. Fine with that I have no say in that matter.”

Do you really believe that a child would say, “I want a cochlear implant” just like that? Remember, in 1989, 12 Deaf children died from cochlear implant surgeries—so do you think a child would say, “I want a cochlear implant and I want to die, too?” Please be realistic! It is the oppressive society (doctors, audiologists, stockholders, politics, corporate dirt bags) that manipulates parents to get their children cochlear implants. Is that not a bullying?

Did Nyle ever read a book called Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children by Laura Mauldin yet? I do not think so because if he read the book then he would not say, “I would support whatever a child wants to do.” I am telling you that the book would blow your mind away.

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Again, the book is very important for everyone to read and understand the truth. Beware; there are a lot of manipulations by people who are actually against ASL and even the state of being Deaf, too. That is a form of hate.

For example, Alexander Graham Bell Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing has done very good public relations by manipulating parents into getting cochlear implants.

I am certainly disappointed that people who look up to Nyle as a “celebrity” who gives a wrong impression about it. He was supposed to set a better example and stop lies how special cochlear implant industries are. I mean, he said that he is an activist even he said that he is passionate about language and literacy. Well, did he know that cochlear implants makes it worse and become the subject of language deprivation? Even language delay, too. Cochlear implants does not make better literacy.

It is all about cultural oppression. It is also about the organizing principle of power wherein culture can be studied through technologies of power (cochlear implant industries) and money.

Why not Nyle stand up and challenge cochlear implant industries and make progress, education, conflict, struggle and resistance? For American Sign Language [ASL], it is the truth that attributes to functions, neither economy nor power. ASL creates truth, and this truth produces a function of power.

Cochlear implants has been ongoing ill-advised and misleading term for years and years. No human being can restore anyone’s hearing; Cochlear implants depends a lot on battery economics is a BIG business, yet, it does not restore anyone’s hearing at all. That is reality. It is all about money.

Remember, cochlear implants “profits” over people…is that even an American way of life?

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-JT

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References:

Ladd, Paddy. Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood. 2003.

Deafhood Discussions: The Oralist Response 1980 to Date, Part 3 (p.160-161)

David Kerr explains in this video from Paddy Ladd’s book–thanks, David for your civic duty as well as Deafhood Discussions to support for the video presentation.

http://www.deafhood.us/wp/archives/2365

-JT