To those of you that delight in the “deaf person hears after cochlear implant” videos, a perspective on this from a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults).
Please keep in mind that a vast percentage of deaf people cannot be helped with some technologies available, and the attitude that deafness is a tragic disability that must be fixed at all cost demeans those of us that cannot have that done, even if we choose.
Deafness is not the end of the world. For the most part, we drive, work, and live just like hearing people do. We have technological advances that help us do almost everything a hearing person can do.
But as someone that cannot be “fixed” by such technology, I can tell you that it makes me feel lesser, like I’m not ever going to be good enough because I am permanently “broken.”