I am deaf with bilateral cochlear implants, a hearing device shunned by the deaf community. AMA
I have severe to profound hearing loss in both ears due to my mother having Rubella while pregnant with me. I've had to wear hearing aids for my entire life until my late 20s when I had Tinnitus which required getting bilateral cochlear implants. Picture:
Cochlear implants are looked down upon by many in the deaf community/culture as its seen as "trying to become hearing" and the thought that it would destroy ASL (which I'm proficient in.) The decision to get them myself was a very hard choice but I did it for my children, who are hearing, like the rest of my family.
Due to being able to wear hearing aids while growing up I got to experience both cultures as my entire family is hearing and I spent time in a program called Total Communication where we first learned SEE (Signing Exact English) and various speech therapy classes. We eventually switched to ASL and I also attended the Michigan School For The Deaf.
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Edit: Currently getting flooded with replies so give me some time to get back to you but I will eventually. Thanks for all the awesome questions and responses so far. :D
Edit: Still here after the downtime.
Edit: Taking a 15 minute break. Be back at 7:30 AM EST. Keep the questions coming I am enjoying this and hope you are too! :)
Edit: Back! Still working my way through a ton of replies so if I haven't gotten to you yet I will.
Edit: 9:08 EST. Still answering questions but I have a 5 page backlog in my inbox. I will get around to answering all of them so don't be afraid to ask another in fear of not being answered. I will get to you!
I wanted to say thanks for everyone discussing this in so much detail and I will eventually have time to read all of the discussion once I finish answering questions. I'm glad I could provide a topic like this for discussion and no matter what views you have on this topic it is very interesting hearing from everyone. Thank you very much!
Also if people would like more pictures of the external device or even a picture of the plate in my head (there is a noticeable bump) I will gladly post them if there is interest!
Okay, back to answering questions.
Edit: 10:30AM EST. Okay been answering questions for over eight hours now. Going to take a break for a few hours but I'll be back to answer all the questions I've missed. Feel free to continue asking questions and thanks again for everything! This was much more popular than I had expected.
Edit: 3:30 pm. Just woke up from a nap & my step brother is still asleep. What fucking woke me up was sleep paralysis. I saw the 'thing' while sitting on top of me what feels like a 20 lbs of weight trying to suck life out of me, and a transparent white form of my step-brother also sitting on him, trying to cover his mouth & nose. I was not able to move or speak as I wanted to yell "Mark, help. Fucking. Sleep. Paralysis!" As he was nearby. That didn't work. I also had auditory sounds from it for the first time. Scary shit. I then woke Mark up and told him what happened. Anyways- I'm back to reading new replies & answering any questions I've missed. Keep the questions coming! My step brother and I throughly ejoyed it! :) Edit: Forgot a quotation mark.