Letting the deaf be deaf. Reconsidering the use of cochlear implants in prelingually deaf children.

@article{Crouch1997LettingTD,
  title={Letting the deaf be deaf. Reconsidering the use of cochlear implants in prelingually deaf children.},
  author={Roy Asa Crouch},
  journal={The Hastings Center report},
  year={1997},
  volume={27 4},
  pages={
          14-21
        }
}
  • R. A. Crouch
  • Published 8 July 1997
  • Medicine
  • The Hastings Center report
In theory, cochlear implants hold out the possibility of enabling profoundly prelingually deaf children to hear. For these children's parents, who are usually hearing, this possibility is a great relief. Yet the decision to have this prosthetic device implanted ought not to be viewed as an easy or obvious one. Implant efficacy is modest and the burdens associated with them can be great. Moreover, the decision to forgo cochlear implantation for one's child, far from condemning her to a world of… 
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