See Hear : Cochlear implants

5 04 2011
On BBC2 Wednesday, April 6th, 2011   1:00pm to 1:30pm

See Hear takes an in-depth look at the controversial subject of cochlear implants. For some they offer life-changing opportunities but for others the implants signify the suffocation of deaf culture. See Hear speak to people on each side of the argument and also consider the facts from a medical standpoint. Available on BBC iPlayer.
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9 responses

6 04 2011
Catherine Mellor

Mad, not available in my area!

6 04 2011
Jason

Any suggestions, by chance, for how your readers in the U.S. might be able to see this? Thanks in advance…

6 04 2011
Tina

Unfortunately BBC iPlayer is only available to UK viewers, but they are making it available to overseas viewers shortly, with a subscription service I believe.

6 04 2011
Jason

cool, thanks :)

6 04 2011
Leapoffaith

Watching this was so boring and biased towards deaf. Hence not enough input from folk like myself who are the most successful candidates of cochlear implants.

6 04 2011
deaflinguist

Thanks for the heads-up, Tina – just watched it on iPlayer. I found some interesting perspectives in the programme.

When I think of my very mixed feelings – not for cultural reasons, but just the whole leap into the unknown business – before the implant it becomes doubly interesting to hear the diversity of views. I think the programme would have benefited from having the views of a non-signing implantee with a successful outcome, for starters, and from the views of someone with a dual sensory impairment.

That See Hear is covering the story with some regularity – Graham’s op recently – and about a year or two previously a young woman’s CI story – I think speaks volumes about how mainstream they are now.

7 04 2011
Tina

I’ve just watched it and it wasn’t very good. It was certainly biased. Why weren’t deafened CI users interviewed? Why were only sign language users interviewed? Why didn’t they interview someone for whom the cochlear implant DID work?

They interviewed Bryony, for whom the CI hasn’t worked. She just said she didn’t know why it hasn’t worked for her …. but looking at her blog, she says she has hardly been wearing it. 2+2=4.
http://www.thedeafone.co.uk/index.php/2010/04/20/all-for-nothing/

8 04 2011
Ian

Yes, it was too one sided. That was exactly my opinion after watching it with my wife to give us an idea of what it is like. So it was a bit useless in that respect.

However, SeeHear dhey did earlier presentations on ‘normal’ people getting a CI and those were far more relevant to me anyway. Bryony’s problem, I was sorry for her having gone through all that and yet not getting any benefit. I wonder (and I know our host has a similar history) if the fact she had never had hearing makes it more difficult? Just wondering.

When you said to me Tina, about some people who only wore their CI for a short time I can see that that brother/sister pair were an example. For them it was a culterual(sp!) thing I guess. Well, at least that explains the reasons behind them doing it that way. As for being ‘pushed’ into having one it was certainly not my experience. I had to ask and even badgered the NHS Trust becasue they were so inept at arranging appointments for example (their deaf awareness is close to zero!).

8 04 2011
Tina

I agree, it is very difficult if you’re born deaf, to get used to sound. I struggled and some days I feel like it’s a hangover, just too much to cope with. But I’m determined to keep at it and improve. My ENT were awful too, but I was never even offered a CI. Maybe they only push sign language users as they see them as deaf and not lip readers?

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