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Sweet Nothing In My Ear Essay-By Devon Rafanelli

"Sweet Nothing In My Ear" is about the difference


in opinion between two parents about if they should
get their son a cochlear implant. The two parents
seem to differ in opinion.
In "Sweet Nothing In My Ear", the hearing father's
opinion and the deaf mother's opinion is very
different. The father thinks that the son should get a
cochlear implant, because the father wants to get to
be able to have a relationship with his son, like he did
when his son was younger, and hearing. The father
wants to get information on the implants, and the
procedures, but the mother thinks he's being
ridiculous. The mother thinks that a C.I. for her deaf
son, is not necessary, and that he's happy being
deaf, and that he doesn't need one. Her strong
opinion, is that her son is not broken because he
cannot hear, so there's no need to fix him. Those
differences in opinions affected their family in some
ways. These differences affected the family by the
mother getting stressed out. The father set up
appointments without the mother's consent, for both
the cochlear implants and the counseling. The mother
got stressed out from all the deaf and hearing
"nonsense", so the father had to try to calm her down.
But, some parents could be in a different situation.
Challenges of having a deaf child could vary
depending on your situation. If the parent was deaf,
then it would be easier for you, because you could
relate and you would probably teach your child sign
language. Also you would have a strong relationship
with them because you could communicate with
them. But, if you were hearing with a deaf child, it
wouldn't be that easy; it would possibly be a
challenge. If you were hearing, and you didn't know
sign language, it could be very hard to communicate
with your child, because you couldn't speak their
language. If you were hearing and knew sign
language, you could have a strong relationship with
your deaf child because you could teach your child a
reasonable language, and you could communicate
with them. But, even if having a deaf child is easy for
you, decision making could be very hard. For the
Miller family, they needed to decide if they should
give their son a cochlear implant. But, they forgot one
thing that they should've done. I think that the most
fair option was to actually let their son decide. If he
chose that he wanted one, and when he was older he
didn't, he could always just take the magnet off of his
head. This is the right decision because the parents
have both been struggling, but they haven't even
asked their own son what he thought about it. Also,
they would have to ask their son because the
surgery would be for him, and the doctor would be
drilling a hole in Adam's head, not the parents.