AuthorMartinez, Gabriel Manuel
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractCochlear implants are a controversial topic in the Deaf community due to the fact that many believe that the invasive procedure is the “cure” to deafness. The purpose of this study is to give a well-rounded and more Deaf friendly perspective to a technological device that can exacerbate audism. The research question of this study is to determine whether the risks of having a cochlear implant is worthwhile. This study also focuses on the very important ethical and cultural aspects of the implant. The types of data used in this study is quantitative, qualitative, and observational. Data is collected through various scholarly and consumer-based articles, as well as other media sources. The results of this study are that despite some of the improvements in quality of life because of the effectiveness of the implant, there are many serious lifelong risks and possible complications that can also arise from having a cochlear implant. Despite such risks and different ethical perspectives and whether the implants are Deaf friendly, whether cochlear implants are worth it; it is subjective to each and every person who makes the decision of getting implanted.