I was talking to a parent of a profound hearing loss (deaf) child. The family has just completed the first step towards a cochlear implant for the child. I and they believe it will help this child immesurably in the child’s life. But part of the conversation said there was a great divide in the deaf community over cochlear implants. There is a group advocating them, but a greater group saying no way will they get one because it will make them not who they are, deaf. By hearing, they lose that identity. I was very much taken back by this. I equate that argument to saying amputees should not get artificial limbs because it would make them who they are not!