Originally Posted by GrendelQ
That question may be the what some are arguing about here, without really coming out and saying so.
My child can do that as well. She's profoundly deaf.
Does wearing a hearing aid or a CI make you no longer deaf? Does using a prosthetic limb to take part in races make you no longer an amputee?
While I understand the analogy you are trying to make , it is not the best one. It is a poor choice of words.
deaf , as used by most people ( in the general population ) , is an adjective. Descriptive of the lack of hearing sense. When the word is used this way , then yes , while using the CI / HA the user is no longer deaf. The user has the ability to hear.
Amputee is a noun describing a person who has lost a limb ( has had an amputation performed ) .This fact does not change. The root word of amputate does not describe the lack of something , it describes the actual loss of the limb itself.
If we were to replace the word amputee with "Legless" , which is also an adjective , Then yes the person who uses the prosthetic leg is no longer legless.
There is no real "apples to apples" correlation between the two words. Because they are completely different types of words.
While some people try use the word deaf as a noun describing "a member of the deaf community."That is not the way that the general public uses it.But when used that way , then yes , she is still deaf when using the HA / CI.