Fifteen stories written by deaf/hard of hearing individuals who have had cochlear implants are told within the context of unique histories that are intimate, personal and moving. Readers will gain insight into the personal struggles, challenges, and benefits for those who made the decision to get a cochlear implant. The writers share their process over the decision to obtain an implant as well as the delights and disappointments in hearing with one. Many of the book’s contributors noted how their involvement in the deaf community and Deaf culture influenced their perceptions of cochlear implants.
YouTube video of panel of 14 of the books authors presented at the Rochester Institute of Technology, February 21, 2014.
About the Editors
Michael Stinson earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan and is a Professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been in various research positions at NTID for more than 35 years.
Gerard Buckley is President of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and is a Rochester Institute of Technology Vice-President and Dean. He earned an Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas and has more than 30 years of experience in higher education.
Dr. Stinson and Dr. Buckley are deaf and are cochlear implant users.
Publisher: RIT Press (11/2013)
Illustrations: 14 black-and-white
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb
Fifteen Cochlear Implant Stories - Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2014
This is a great resource for anyone considering a cochlear implant or who already has an implant. These are real life experiences and outcomes that are told without hype by implantees who come from a range of lifestyles and perspectives. This book shows the importance of the psychological adjustment of the individual and their communication partners to a life-changing technology. A “must read” for anyone interested in the world of hearing.
Brenda Battat, Past Executive Director,
Hearing Loss Association of America
I wish I’d had this book before getting my own cochlear implant in 1996. Virtually no one at that time had this experience. Reading these stories will be useful for anyone considering an implant, especially for parents of a deaf child.
Sigrid Cerf, Cochlear Implant User
This book provides a realistic look at the experiences of cochlear implant users.
Vinton Cerf, Father of the Internet
Thirteen of the fifteen contributors to this insightful publication are deaf signers who have generously shared their honest and realistic stories about their cochlear implant experiences. Their candid perspectives would be of benefit to the decision-making efforts of deaf individuals considering single or bilateral implants.
Nancy J. Bloch, President, Touchpoint Group, LLC
Former CEO, National Association of the Deaf
Table of Contents
Cochlear Implants: Development, Impact, and Cultural Implications
1. A Positive Experience - Sally Atkins
2. Here Yesterday, Hear Now - Marissa Clopper
3. The Cochlear Implant Reality - Kelly Kim
4. The Sound of Water - Robert Menchel
5. Just Call Me Sharaine - Sharaine Rawlinson Roberts
6. Here be Dragons - Julianne Bonta
7. To the Place Where I Belong - Gerard Buckley
8. What’s it AWW About? - Kim Poutre
9. Better than Ever: Communicating with my Cochlear Implant - Michael Stinson
10. Sound to Silence to Sound - David Baldridge
11. A Big Difference - Tom Berg
12. Ethan and Rachel - Matthew and Erin Campion
13. Isabella’s Story - Heidi Northrop
14. Re-Connecting - Patricia Lago-Avery
15. The Salvation of an Information Person - Howard E. “Rocky” Stone
About the Editors