The other day TODAY ran a short segment about “Gift of Hearing”, which shows a family with two deaf boys who have received cochlear implants and are going through speech therapy. The clip can be viewed here – it’s not captioned, but you can get the gist of what it is all about.
I don’t have any qualms about parents choosing to give their deaf child cochlear implants and speech therapy. I understand that parents mean well and want the best for their deaf child.
I want to touch on the issue of media glorifying cochlear implants and speech therapy, be it for both adults and children. We’re all aware there are videos going viral about people hearing for the first time and their emotional reactions after getting a cochlear implant.