It is also important to note that the Deaf culture as a whole is opposed to cochlear implants. They feel that there is nothing wrong with being deaf and that it is wrong to perform a surgery on a child when there is nothing wrong with them. Deaf people in general view hearing people negatively because hearing people view deafness as a problem that needs to be fixed and hearing people have been trying to fix them their whole lives.
There are two types of deafness. Little d and big D. Little d deafness is a medical condition. This is Uncle Carl at the family reunion who can’t hear anyone. Big D Deafness is a culture. A Deaf person is one who associates with the Deaf community and embraces Deafness. A person can be born deaf, get a cochlear implant, learn to use speech and never know about Deaf culture. Some people choose not to be a part of it and this is a personal choice for each individual. Other people are born deaf, go to a school for the Deaf and live entirely in the Deaf world. This is a decision that is up to each individual.
However once a person has a cochlear implant they are not Deaf and they are not hearing. They don’t really belong to either world and may find this challenging. It is important to take this into consideration when deciding whether or not to get a cochlear implant.