Sound and Fury (2000)

http://cochlearimplantonline.com/site/where-is-heather-artinian-today/

Heather’s parents, primarily her father, was concerned with letting her get a cochlear implant because he felt that in entering the hearing world, Heather would lose a part of her deaf identity and experiences. I think her father feared that in Heather losing these experiences, he would be disconnected with her, lose out on bonding time. I can understand his reluctance to let go of his daughter to new experiences and a lifestyle that he has less ability to guide her on, but I feel that the greatest thing a parent can do is support and encourage the child to take on new, challenging experiences. It’s definitely scary from a parent’s point of view, but I’m glad that Heather’s father allowed her to get a cochlear implant in the end. Heather also made an effort to retain her deaf identity knowing her father’s concerns. She continued to learn sign language even as she received speech training, and she learned to balance life between the deaf and hearing worlds. She was able to have a wider range of experiences thanks to that bridge, and for that I think it’s great that she challenged herself with receiving a cochlear implant.

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