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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man George Bernard Shaw What is a Cochlear Implant and Why Does the Deaf Community Oppose It A cochlear implant is an electronic device designed to provide useful hearing and improved communication ability to individuals who are profoundly deaf For those with profound hearing loss hearing aids provide little if any benefit The cochlear implant will not cure deafness It in my opinion has much to offer to those deaf people who can be implanted The Deaf culture believes that this technology will have a significant impact on their culture They are vehemently opposed to any deaf person children especially being Cut open to put something foreign into their body Some deaf people look down on those deaf people who have had the implants and consider them outsiders even traitors to their own culture What is the Cochlear Implant Comprised of and How Does it Work The cochlear implant consists of both internal and external components The internal components are those that are implanted surgically under the skin behind the ear The external parts include a battery-powered speech processor worn on a belt a pocket or a harness a thin cable and a headpiece Dallas Otolaryngology 2-3 The cochlear implant converts speech and sounds into electrical signals and sends these signals to the hearing nerve The sound is sent from the microphone to the speech processor The speech processor converts the sound into the most effective code for sound and speech understanding The sound is processed and the electrically coded signal is sent back to the headpiece and that signal is then transmitted across the skin via radio waves to the implant The implant receives the signal and delivers it to the array of electrodes positioned within the cochlea Those electrodes stimulate the
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