posted on Sep, 7 2010 @ 07:03 PM
Originally posted by kauskau
thats great. I am really interested in how people would perceive music after not being able to hear for a lifetime. And i would be interested in how
people who are def imagine music.
Most deaf people can hear some sounds. Mostly the screeching, booming, annoying sounds we all hate.
I can't tell you exactly how they percieve music, but they have equivalents to music. Things that move or feel rhythmic, there's a disco that's
popular with the deaf because the floor floats and the deaf feel the rhythm. Things that are movement oriented, like dancing, skating, and gymnastics
provide "visual music" for them. There is also deaf poetry, based on hand shape and movement.
Deaf parents are happy to have a deaf child. You might think this is awful, but it means the child will be part of their culture. You would never
expect your child to grow up in an entirely different culture, with different standards, norms and morals, (while living at home) but that often
happens. Hearing parents want the child to be like them, we all understand that and don't think it is selfish. (Even if surgery is painful and not
But if deaf parents want a child to be like them, we think they are mean people. (Not all children are candidates of a CI or even for hearing
Many adult deaf hate hearing aids and decided to stop using the CI that mom and dad decided they had to have. The reason is that the sound just
isn't the same as natural hearing and they don't want to fight with the inability to screen background noise and harsh sounds. The picture isn't
always black and white on this CI issue.
I am happy for the family in the video. It looks like it truely benefited him. There is a "mapping" process that will occur over time and with
some of the new technology coming along, he may have nearly normal hearing.