So even know I have the implant, it doesn't work well at all and I depend on lip reading. I do sign and prefer to, I consider myself Deaf--Even with the implant.
There are still a lot of kids who are not functionally hoh with an implant.
And I mean a lot of hoh kids can still be Deaf....
Hell, the implant only works really well in a best case scenerio. The world is NOT a soundbooth.