Cochlear Implant Surgery

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In previous years my mind has always been very controversial about cochlear implants. ive grown up with two deaf cousins that don 't have cochlear implants. After getting their opinions and hearing other deaf peoples opinion, some with cochlear implants some without, i have finally made up my mind. I have come to the conclusion that i don 't agree with cochlear implants because deafness is a natural thing, not a disability that needs to be fixed. If i had a child who was eligible for cochlear implant surgery i don 't think i would do it. the risks for the surgery are very high, some that i wouldn 't want to put a one year old child through. and like i 've said before, deadness to me is not a disability. It was the way they were born just like …show more content…
The different risks that could come with the surgery would be difficult to comprehend happening to a young child. First off, what if the surgery doesn 't work? From one story that I 've heard, a girl got the implant surgery and the surgery only damaged her hearing in the ear she received the surgery in even more. The surgery would make it possible that it wouldn 't restore hearing at all or can result in permanent loss of some or all residual hearing. Maybe some people think "what do I have to lose?" But I can 't imagine telling a young child there 's a surgery that is able to give her/ him the ability to hear, only for them to wake up from surgery to have their hearing even worse than before or to lose it completely. There is also risk for meningitis. Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The most common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness that can come with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to handle light or loud noises. Meningitis was still rare in children with cochlear implants, but it was more than 30 times more common in those kids who had them. Another risk is damage to a facial nerve. The facial nerve goes through the middle ear to give movement to the muscles of the face. It lies close to where the surgeon needs to place the implant, so it can be injured during the surgery. An injury to the nerve can cause a temporary or permanent weakening or full paralysis on the same side of the face as the implant. All of these risks seem like something that I wouldn 't want to put my child in the path

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