Deaf Culture Is Shifting As Hearing Tech Gains Traction

Publication Title
Publication/Creation Date
February 8 2017
Douglas Ridloff (contributor)
Thomas Roland (contributor)
Media Type
Web Series
Persuasive Intent
Today, more than 40 percent of American children born deaf receive cochlear implants. The technology effectively restores hearing by bypassing the ear and delivering audio information directly to the brain. The vast majority of deaf children who are implanted develop hearing and speaking skills comparable to their hearing peers, thus allowing them the option to “mainstream” into schools.

Deaf education in the U.S. has gone through many phases. American Sign Language (ASL) is currently the dominant mode of instruction in deaf schools, but there have been periods where ASL was banned and students were forced to speak and lip-read, an ineffective approach known as oralism. ASL has now gained legitimacy and been shown to include the deep grammar and syntax found in spoken languages. It is also the wellspring of Deaf Culture, a proud community wary of historical attempts to assimilate them into a hearing world. As more parents opt for cochlear implants, VICE News explores their impact on the medical condition that gave rise to a cultural identity.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Technology Keywords
Cochear Implant, Audiology

Date archived
March 15 2018
Last edited
March 15 2018
How to cite this entry
(February 8 2017). "Deaf Culture Is Shifting As Hearing Tech Gains Traction". Vice. Vice. Fabric of Digital Life.