This is my first blog, and I felt the need to write to express MY feelings on CI for parents who plan or have CI on their baby.
There have been a lot of issues on cochlear implants (CI), last week and this week, it's just getting very intense.
It is ok to agree to disagree, you may support CI 100%, you may not support CI 100%, we may share our opinions, our concerns with an open-minded atmosphere but why must we round up in a war?
I do NOT and NEVER will support the concept of parents who get to decide to CI their baby.
Why do parents get to decide how their child lives in this world?
Why can't parents WAIT until their baby/child grow older and they decide on their own?
They (the parents) are not the ones having the surgery, they do NOT know what it is like to have this implanted into their child's head.
When I read Mishka Zena's blog about Cis: Uncomfortable Pressure Never Goes Away. Why did he have to go thru all this just to "hear" some? CI does NOT hear everything. They get "headaches", "dizziness", "emotions changes", etc.
I really hope that there will be a LAW in the near future, that no babies will be allowed to get CI's until they are 18 years old, old enough to decide and really know what to expect during & right after surgery.
(Aidan's Vlog: Misleading Information and Amy's Experience of CI)
Now, back to the parents who CI their babies, do they REALLY know how their child is truly feeling when being implanted? Just because s/he smiles not mean s/he is not uncomfortable, I think it is more on the parents' OWN perspectives/feelings that they are happy, but is their baby really happy? They are not the ones with the metal in their head, or going thru all this. Thinking their child is "accepting" it? THINK BEFORE you IMPLANT your baby's precious head! There is another saying "Just DON'T do it!!!!"
Jack's Eye (The Ugly Truth of CI) hit it right on the nail too.
Look, ASL is free, ASL is painless (no pain/no side affects), ASL is JUST SO BEAUTIFUL, and ASL is a language! YES A LANGUAGE!!! A CULTURE on its own, and anyone can use ASL FOREVER!!!
PS: For the ADULTS who already have decided or will have plan have CI…my question is: WHY? I thought by the time you become an adult, you are accepting yourself being Deaf. Sure, when some of us were kids/teenagers we may have not "accepted" or fall in love within ourselves as being Deaf, but once on the "Deafhood" Journey. YOU FALL in LOVE being Deaf. Deaf is BEAUTIFUL!
"Amy O' Berry's Experience with CI" Vlog by Aidan
"CI Uncomfortable Pressure Never Goes Away Blog by MishkaZena
"The Ugly Truth Of CI" Vlog by Jack Barr