This apparatus, which I have personally seen several times, is quite odd. It is a plastic connection attached to the skull, near the ear (think-Frankenstein
). The connection attaches to a special hearing aid
, which amplifies the frequencies (described above). I have seen and heard of spectacular results and terrible failures. Some children can hear environmental sounds for the first time and others hear nothing, despite the surgery
and permanent disfigurement.
Many parents see this is as the "cure." It is not that. Yet.
I agree with ymelup's opinion of the Deaf community and their assessment of this process. Some even go a step further and question the need for anyone to have a surgery to correct a problem that "doesn't exist." Do all Jewish women need nosejobs? Do Asian people need corrective surgery for their eyes? Do all short children need growth hormones?