What? "An MP3 player for the Deaf”?
Unbelievable! Sandy Mintz is currently working with Samsung to develop a new wireless MP3 system for the Deaf with cochlear implants (Ci’s). She is an audiologist at Advanced Bionics, the medical device designer. It said that the results are promising… Now Samsung is seeking FDA approval…
I don’t have CI, and never will… Years ago when I was young, like at the age of 12 to 13, my papaw and dad had been encouraging me to get that implant. I was hesistated for a while until Jordan I. King famously quoted, “Deaf can do anything but hear.” Then right there, I determined not to get it. I told them no. They were disappointed but respected my wish. I am happy with my life as a deaf person.
It may be a good product for people with CI. I see that there are appoximately 59,000 people worldwide already have them. In the US alone, about 13,000 adults and nearly 10,000 children have them. But perhaps, in ten years, it will possible go double. The research also says about 250,000 people would be good candidates for it. [the link]
If anyone asks, if CI gets small, better, and almost invisible, would I still consider getting it? No, not really. Why? It is a hassle. I have to learn all over again like a baby. I would have to go speech therapy to learn both ways — speak and hear. I would also have to learn probably over thousands of sounds…some sounds are not very pleased. I say , it will overwhelm me deeply. In fact, I always have been deaf since birth. I want to stay that way.That is what who I am.
You can read more about this newly possible product via Crave blog here.
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