Audism and the ethics of childhood cochlear implants | Medical Device Network

Cochlear implants are an oft-misunderstood piece of technology, which some parents of deaf children are starting to reject.

Videos of deaf children reacting to the activation of their cochlear implants have been an ongoing viral trend, for almost as long as people have been uploading videos of themselves and those close to them to the internet. Praised for being heartwarming and uplifting, these videos can also provoke exasperation and even anger in those who view them as distasteful. But why do these clips inspire so much controversy?

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