Between Sound & Silence: How Technology is Changing Deafness | Op-Docs
people meet me and they think oh my God like I had no idea I thought you were from a different country if it comes out someone asks where are you from and I say New York they say where are you really from first and also I just think it’s very awkward to be it’s got the part that goes behind my ear and here’s the microphone here at the volume the sound of transferred Through the Wire here and then into this coil and then it goes through the skin on my head and then into the pita chip that’s inside my head and then threw the electrode away that is why it into the cochlea and then the sound want to get to the cochlea sends the signal to the brain and then I guess to the side is Jen and looks like I take it off keep it off for the more my disability comes out my voice becomes more monotone and it becomes the only reason is because I feel the vibrations of my voice speaking to the camera when I take my Cochlear implants off I cannot hear single sound not even loudest sound it take complete 100% scent silent when I have it off I’m a little insecure about what I’m saying and how I sound because I know it sounds but the second I put it on I find that my voice goes back to normal hiding ourselves rather than putting are disability first I really do want to say that I’m deaf and then I’m not hearing impaired because I think it gives people a different perception and I want to give people a different perception of what being deaf really means it wasn’t the same I remember having a box on my chest that was under my shirt and each different device and how much it changed kids started noticing that I had something different big almost like suspenders doing this but apparently my mom told me I used to know if it were radio even though it was no music coming in so piece of equipment in school I don’t remember ever being a problem other than no I can’t be in a water balloon fight was pretty much the extent of it which was disappointing but I managed over and over and over I started to Excel and the main thing kids who were selling things started to yes I’m different I’m not supposed to do as well I tried so hard to be put on quote normal I just didn’t want people to know I had a hearing loss it’s been something I’ve dealt with pretty much my whole life trying to get people to not know I have hearing loss and I would say only recently maybe within the last year or two have I really come out and owned it the difficult difficult to the clinical years of medical school education because but it comes time to being intimate with become the big deal I will be completely in the dark and completely in the unknown if I don’t have my hearing it on if I don’t have the Implanon and it’s a very scary feeling for someone boyfriend girlfriend that’s what I asked that I had trouble finding a job is really unhappy and then I start to ask questions about best discrimination if they choose not to hire you and I definitely got that question by the Light hundreds of time but the risk is that they don’t know I don’t know what I don’t hear I can’t always tell them at the risk if you’re going to be able to keep up I keep everyday I always have a spare battery pack and clean fan that’s it I mean a couple of weeks ago my cochlear implant actually broke and I had texted my mom my unit book the first mapping experience audiologist turned it on so to speak and like I don’t all I hear is quacks and beeps and this is not working hello 10 minutes something clicked into place surreal weird back in to you I had just graduated from college and just moved from La I needed to do something and to really Embrace how cool is is that I can hear and still take it at the same time if I do reflect on it I never reflect on it in a negative way it’s always you know wow look where I am I did this anything else is possibleFor more than a generation now, cochlear implants have, for some, been transforming the experience of deafness. In this week’s Op-Doc, “Between Sound and Silence,” director Irene Taylor Brodsky delves into conversation with a cohort of people living that transformation.
Herself the child of deaf parents and the mother of a deaf son, Brodsky delves into a complex realm where deafness and hearing, rather than absolute states, are territories of human experience to be bridged and explored.
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