Models of Deafness: Cochlear Implants in the Australian Daily Press
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This article examined a database of Australian daily newspapers on the terms cochlear implant and deaf children to investigate how journalists and columnists report competing models of deafness: as either "medical" (deafness is a condition to be cured) or "sociocultural" (deafness provides a way of life to be lived). The results from the cochlear implant search favored a medical model, but the results from the deaf children search were more balanced, with a slight preponderance of articles favoring the sociocultural model. A number of representative quotes from articles in each model are provided and discussion entered into as to the possible effects of the articles on public reactions to deafness and especially hearing parental responses to the birth of a deaf child and the life choices that this event presents them.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
© 2005 Power. This is an open access paper. The definitive publisher-authenticated version J. Deaf Stud. Deaf Educ. 2005 10: 451-459 is available online at: http://jdsde.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/10/4/451