How does a cochlear implant enable the deaf to hear?

How does a cochlear implant enable the deaf to hear?

Today, cochlear implantation is considered one of the most effective methods of rehabilitation of deaf children. Cochlear implantation is a surgical operation, a type of hearing replacement. But, unlike a conventional hearing aid, which only amplifies sounds, a cochlear implant allows completely deaf people to hear and understand speech. It replaces damaged auditory receptors and…

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The Costs Incurred: Hearing Non-Signers and Signed Language Interpreters

Deaf people and signed language interpreters live in an uneasy co-existence. We need access to the hearing world; interpreters need to work for their livelihood. The irony of entering a dependent relationship in order to obtain enough information to be autonomous as a professional has always rankled, but that is the state of play*. A…

So Expressive!
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So Expressive!

Lydia Callis, signed language interpreter for New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg, is getting a lot of attention these days for her interpreting during Hurricane Sandy. She’s been spoofed on Chelsea Handler’s show, she has Tumblrs dedicated to her, and she’s even been named  Hot Slut of the Day by Dlisted. Why all the attention? Is it because she’s an attractive woman doing…

Hearingsplaining
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Hearingsplaining

Mansplaining has now become mainstream  – that phenomenon of an arrogant man explaining what he thinks he knows about a subject to a woman who knows more than he does about the subject. Or as writer Rebecca Solnit notes, the “intersection between overconfidence and cluelessness where some portion of (the male) gender gets stuck.” I’ve experienced my share of…

Exploring Hearing Privilege
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Exploring Hearing Privilege

In her 2008 Masters thesis, Tiffany Tuccoli states: “…hearing privileges are advantages or entitlements that are enjoyed by people who can hear which are denied to those who are Deaf. These advantages give hearing people power and authority to decide how society should be designed (p. 23).” In exploring this further we have drafted an introduction…