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May 15, 2009


Bruce Ardinger

This is wonderful news about Lily. Her progress has made me aware of the contradictions inherent in our adaptation to new technologies. Your earlier blog about the medical personnel who didn't know about CIs is stunning. In a blog before that, I was struck that the Newsday article about Artinian's successes with her CI had to put in the following disclaimer: "According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a cochlear is a "small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. . . . An implant does not restore normal hearing. Instead, it can give a deaf person a useful representation of sounds in the environment and help him or her to understand speech."

It's clear that the very definition of "hearing" is misunderstood or seems misapplied in these cases. If Lily can hear words, songs, and other sounds with her CI, and that allows her to speak, sing, dance, and otherwise respond to those sounds, then it's a technicality to ignore the functional equivalence of CI's and eardrum/cochlear hearing. Drawing such a distinction between "normal" hearing and CI hearing is similar to saying a man with a prosthetic leg can't really walk, and a woman with a prosthetic arm really can't play tennis or drive.

Let's hear it for Lily and all of her successes with her CI!


I discovered your blog after I joined the Hearing Loss and Deafness community on Wellsphere. I'm captivated thus far by Lily's story. I lost the last of my hearing a little over 4 years ago. Unfortunately I'm not a candidate for the Cochlear Implant.

Growing up with a hearing disability I'm well aware of all the questions you must have. I'll continue to check back in and watch this little beauty blossom. (Hugs)Indigo

Lily's Mom

Thanks for the comments and support. It's great knowing people are out there cheering Lily on.

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