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When Jeanne was two years old, she became hearing impaired after a bout with influenza meningitis. She has spent her life in two worlds: lip reading and speaking to communicate with her parents and five siblings, and signing with her friends who are deaf. Two years before beginning this project, Jeanne began to lose what little hearing she had left. "The day I realized that I lost my hearing," she reveals on film, "I was so heartbroken. I was crying and crying. It was the same experience as grieving, like someone died." Now, at age 39, she's thinking about getting a cochlear implant. As with every surgical procedure, there is some risk. If the surgery is successful, Jeanne will be able to hear, at least "to a certain degree." If not, the process could leave her in permanent total silence. Not everyone in her life agrees with her decision to proceed. While her family and co-workers support her attempt to regain her hearing, some of her deaf friends believe that the artificial device would rob her of her identity.

Resources:

Cochlear Implant Club International (English)
Cochlear Implant Club International (Espanol)
Deaf Women United
National Association of the Deaf
Deaf Chat
The "Gateway to the Deaf Community": Deaf.com

An Online Community Forum: Deafnotes

American Speech Language Hearing Association
State Commissions on Deafness

Cochlear Implant Manufacturers
Advanced Bionics, maker of the CLARION
Cochlear Corporation, maker of the Nucleus
MED-EL, maker of the MED-EL Combi 40+
AllHear, maker of the AllHear single channel implant

Gallaudet University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center's Directory of National Organizations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/InfoToGo/184.htm
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Jeanne

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