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When You Can Turn Your Ears Off

I came across this vlog on and I think it has some really great information for people trying to decide if they should get a CI or not.  (Along with a friend of mine’s blog at:

Sammie Hicks Cries After Hearing Herself For the First Time

Day 1:

Day 1 of the CI

Three Weeks:

Three Weeks after the CI turned on


It is a controversial subject in the Deaf Community, due more to political correctness than anything else.  Keeping in mind practical reasons, and not political ones (just think how quick politics changes, like fads).  The question you need to ask is: will your deaf child function better in a hearing world a CI?  Or look at it from another perspective:  If your child were born without a limb, wouldn’t you get them a prosthetic if you could?  If they were blind and there were an operation to get them vision, wouldn’t you try to do that?  Yes.  But it’s still a weighty decision, expensive and a very long process with results that vary from person to person.  Get as much information as you can.  And remember, deaf people with CI’s are REALLY LOUD without them :D.

About Noelle Campbell

This blog is about my life and how I see things. I write, I think, I dream, I do. I used to write a lot of fantasy until I realized I was living one. I was married to a deaf-blind Hobbit in a realm we created together. He passed away in 2014, but our life was interesting enough I think you might like it too.

One response to “When You Can Turn Your Ears Off

  1. I agree that parents (and Adults) need to research a CI as much as possible before they decide if it is something they want to try. It is a hard decision to make for yourself, and I can’t imagine making it for a child of mine.
    The prospectives are very interesting, and it is something that I have been looking at for myself. I am going through with the surgery, and I wanted to be sure I was doing it for the right reasons. One thing I can not stress enough, is how important having a fully accessible language is, even if a child is implanted young, or if an adult goes suddenly deaf. I think having ASL (or what ever the countries sign language is) is extremely important. Hearing babies get it, why can’t deaf babies get it too?
    Thank you so much for the links, it was really interesting, and something you don’t see every day, where a child, who was able to make the decision on her own, talks about the CI, how it sounds to her, and to see the progress she is making.
    (and I can not help but thank you for having a link to my blog too!)

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