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…

My Letter to the Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee (“Oppose HB 1367″)
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My Letter to the Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee (“Oppose HB 1367″)

Dear Senator: My name is Dr. Christopher Jon Heuer, and my dissertation, professional research, and work all fall within the fields of literacy, language acquisition, and Deaf Education. HB 1367 will soon come before you for review. I hope you will consider my arguments against it and oppose it. At the very least, I urge…

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My Two Cents: Cochlear Implants

I used to feel sorry for children who had cochlear implants. I did. When I saw them it broke my heart because I really believed that their parents just didn’t understand deafness. I judged those parents. I assumed that the parents were looking for a quick fix to something that in my opinion didn’t require fixing. I…

What Is Bigotry Against Deaf People? Audism.
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What Is Bigotry Against Deaf People? Audism.

[Editor’s note: The article you are about to read first appeared in Dailykos.com on 12/08/10. The thread referred to in the first sentence is taken from a discussion that followed a different article. Reviewing this may be helpful in establishing context.] Judging from this thread, not many people are aware about how their comments can offend and hurt those who are deaf and hard of hearing, and…