Originally Posted by Beowulf
I cannot quite put my finger on the why, but I agree with the bolded, even though many people here insist it works best with toddlers. I feel I am at the point where I will no longer research negative effects of CI's; rather, I will personally talk with the CI users who fit my age and personality type and find out how they succeeded. I talked with a couple CI users who bemoaned their feelings of vertigo after receiving their implants, but I suspect it was pre-existing conditions: they were finicky types of guys so I will practically disregard their experiences. I look at the people who have the CI's. Tomorrow I will meet a successful deaf stockbroker from Chicago: I talked with him on VP and he was implanted four years ago. He is sharp as a tack and made it clear it was his determination to succeed that let him overcome the obstacles. I will find out exactly what obstacles they were. I am not poo-pooing CI's. I just think one needs the right stuff to make it work.
Because a late deafened person has heard for most of their lives (usually, and depending on your idea of the term "late-deafened". To ME, that means someone who has lost their hearing in their 20s or later)... Anyway, the person has the ability to recall what certain things sound like and therefore, perhaps, the training is easier once the person is implanted. In a pre-lingually deaf child, they have to be TAUGHT what sounds mean; whereas a late deafened indvidual already has that ingrained.
Does that make sense?
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