Being Hearing Does Not Make You More Whole

Remember that youtube video of woman who hears for the first time?
Well, she came out with a book called Powered On The SOUNDS I Choose to Hear and the NOISE I Dont. I was reading an article about it and she was quoted as saying, “I started realizing that there were others out there like me,” she said. “People who longed to feel whole…” I just want to say that feeling whole and complete should not depend on external circumstances. This is enlightenment 101. Wholeness comes from within. We are all Divine Creatures and are perfect as we are.

Frankly, it is offensive to people who choose to be Deaf. It is audist to assume that people who do not perceive frequencies on the same spectrum as the majority are somehow less human. The problem is intolerance for diversity of linguistic minorities.

I understand people have the freedom to choose what frequency spectrum to allow into their sensory apparatuses. But I do not appreciate being told I am incomplete or less whole because I don’t put a machine in my head. Thank you very much. Deaf Power.

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8 comments
David Jonsson
David Jonsson

yeah.. im getting into Sound Studies being that i think about what im hearing all the time anyway. I am an active listener. I studied sociology and art.. but now that im getting into my Deafhood and want to explore our audiophonic space from aesthetic perspective instead of medical/disability model. Also, yeah about the genetic thing- we are genetically predisposed to perceive our environment in a certain way and when we alter that with artificial tech, that is an imbalance and unsustainable potentially, if one didnt take to it well, that is adapting to cyborging oneself.. haha.. anyway.. thanks for comment Damien.. I like your website http://deafrightsnow.org/

Damien
Damien

I agree! Although I got a CI early this year and had a second one implanted last week, it is for me, not for other people's convenience. I'm a musician. I'm an audio engineer. And I'm deaf. It annoys me when audists want to "fix" deafness. It's not a disease. It's a state of being. CI notwithstanding, I'm still deaf. Even if an actual stem-cell cure comes along and I decide to use it, a part of me will always be deaf. So yeah, dude: Deaf power!

Sarah Churman
Sarah Churman

I just came across this article......wanted to clarify that your reasoning is why I specifically stated that there were 'others' out there who felt the way I did. I never stated that 'everyone' felt the way I did. Just as you have your opinion....I have mine. I meet hundreds of folks and receive hundreds of messages from folks all over who are from both sides of the spectrum. That statement was never meant to anger those who choose to remain deaf..........it was meant to give those who'd like to experience hearing some hope. Blessings, Sarah Churman

Yeah!
Yeah!

Well said... I just don't understand why these audists cannot simply accept the way we are. Why is it so important to them to "fix" us?? Geez. Bug off, will ya? Thank you for pointing out that a machine in our head is unnecessary! Deaf Power to all -

David Jonsson
David Jonsson

awesome. thanks for commenting! you are famous! haha.. since i posted this I have since gotten hearing aids so i can hear the birds again, etc. ( I quit wearing them for 10 years) Anyway, cheers! nice to meet you. I respect your decisions. My only concern is that people who 'choose' to remain Deaf should not be judged, and that the larger population (dominant culture of hearies) shouldn't be misled to think deaf can be fixed. Correct me if Im wrong, but i thought CI's were by no means a restoration of 'normal' hearing, which is what ignorant audists like to think, so as to alleviate themselves of the responsibility of stepping-up and meeting us halfway in communications.. i guess i just wish that hearies would give us credit for trying instead of seeing what we are 'missing' take it easy Sarah!

David Jonsson
David Jonsson

yes. we are not broken. we are linguistic minority!

David Jonsson
David Jonsson

Thank You. It's hard to fight to powerful capitalists who exploit us by calling us disabled so they can "fix" us and make money. We must fight to be accepted as a diversity with intrinsic value who we are. We are a linguistic minority. We were not put on this planet for someone to colonize and homogenize for their own profits! Down with audism!

David Jonsson
David Jonsson

Also, I just listened to this interview http://www.thestory.org/stories/2012-01/sound-discovery and so I understand better now. Sarah got the implantable hearing aids Esteem.. I had no idea, I thought it was CI. But Esteem apparently doesnt use artificial mic and speakers, but is all natural sound somehow? interesting!