breelligerent: The paradigm change -using actual deafness-rather than a "cultural configuration" to describe "silence" seems to me-to make sense.
I know from AllDeaf.com hearing people can be "cultural Deaf" which doesn't describe my actual condition-which is permanent.
That is why i requested the determination of whether I fit the criteria for a Cochlear Implant. Fortunately, I did. Five years ago the costs was $55,000 CDN Also recovered from the operation fairly quickly.
MY identity as such didn't change on December 20, 2006-the day I became bilateral DEAF. Aside: I have been involved with Canadian Hearing Society/Toronto Classes: Dealing/Coping with your Hearing Loss since 1992. I was also part of York University study on persons use the CHS material in their life.
I am aware that I couldn't hear anything at 105 Db which is usually defined as deafness-though some persons claim to "hear"- how much?
Interesting intermural exercise: what does deafness mean?
Again: Sociology-culture isn't boring-to say the least.
Get Real:Implanted Sunnybrook/Toronto -Advanced Bionics-Harmony activated Aug/07