From the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochlear_implant website with the defintition and meaning on CI:
A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The cochlear implant is often referred to as a bionic ear.
Deafness is when a person can not hear anything at all with out any hearing devices such as hearing aid, CI and so on.
God is who is the person that created all of us and tests us with everything in life while we are all on Earth. Atheist are one group of people that I know that does not believe in God but that is not the issue in this blog.
The issue in this blog is dealing with Parents who thinks CI is the answer to their children problem that are deaf. Hearing parents wants their deaf children to be successful in the hearing society and think that putting CI on their children is the answer to the problem. That is not the answer to the problem because CI cannot make any deaf child an automatic hearing person. When the child takes off the CI, they are totally deaf again. The problem I have with this is that when a parents decide that in their best interest is that the child should have CI isn't in the child shoes or feet. They don't know how the child will feel to have a CI or what the long term affect will be on that child. Even if they become successful with the CI, will
that child be happy in a very long run? Once that child meet someone that is totally deaf, he/she could get confuse about why the other deaf person does not have a CI or why they accept being deaf?
Be deaf can be a test from God to see if the person accept being deaf and how they handle life being deaf. When a child is born deaf, God wants to know how parents and people deal with a deaf child. I really think God is surprise to see that parents decide that the child should have CI to hope the child be successful in the hearing society. Did God want that child to have CI and live with it? Is that the kind of test that God wants for the child to have in life? I don't know that answer but only God knows.
I have Cerebral Palsy and I have had 5 legs operations. Those operations I know will never cured me of Cerebral Palsy because it is a permanent brain damage. I had to have those operations to allowed me to move some muscles. But I know down the road, I will still end up in a wheelchair knowing that those 5 legs operations will not help me to walk for life.
I am also hearing impaired and use a hearing aid. I could get a CI but I would rather not get one. I was told one time, a CI operation is very risky to make half of the face flat because they put nerves to sleep prior to the operation. It would have taken me one year to recover the nerves on that side of the face and to be able to talk correctly. I know the technology maybe better than that but still I will never get a CI operation.
In my opinion, Parents should think more than twice before they have their child be operated on for the CI. Parents should know that those kinds of operations comes with risk and the well-being of that child. Even if the child gets a CI and does well, down the road, the child might destroy the CI device and be angry at the parents for having the CI. A day might come when the child might yell at the parents saying "Why did you get me a CI? Why can't you accept I was deaf before you had the doctor put CI on me? Why?". That is a very emotional thing that a child can do in the future.
Every disability a child is born with is a test from God to see if the child can accept who he is. I have accept my disability and I know God is testing me. I know that techology is out there to make me be a better person but I choose not to touch those new techology because I would rather accept myself as I am before I die. That will show to God that I love him unconditionally even with what I have.