Irene Taylor Brodsky grew up in the 1970s with deaf parents; now she is the mother of a deaf son.
Writing in The New York Times this week, she talks about her family's decisions to get cochlear implants, and how the devices have changed their lives.
"All the decisions involving the raising of a deaf kid in the 21st century really came down to one," she writes: "Do his father and I ask surgeons to drill into my son’s head and thread an electrode array into his cochlea, all for the sake of sound? We weren’t asking political questions. We were asking human ones."
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