Monday, March 31, 2008

Cold Case Episode

(If you want, click the link for more information about CIs)



Andy in C Minor.

My take on the show:

I kind of thought it was Andy's best friend all along.

I liked the part when Andy says "I hear with my eyes."

I totally understand that being deaf, one is more "visual". They have a visual language.

For those of you who didn't know what the detective signed to Andy's friend (forgot his name) that made him say, "Your signing sucks." The detective fingerspelled his partner's (Jeff) name as "J-E-H-H". LOL. Cute.

A couple of facts:

When a deaf person is prelingual, meaning they had hearing and developed the spoken language before becoming deaf, he/she is a good candidate for a CI (cochlear implant).

When one is born deaf, it is best to get a CI before the age of five, in order to develop language skills. A deaf person who is deaf all his/her life has a harder to understand sounds. Some really have to work hard to discriminate sounds. Some only can understand environmental sounds and not understand voices.

Also, the sooner one loses hearing and gets a CI, the better. It doesn't take as long to hear "normally" again.

What I didn't like was the time frame of the CI in the show. After the CI surgery, activation (turning on the CI) takes place, on average, a month later. Some do get activated within ten days or so, but most don't till at least four weeks after a CI surgery. It takes time to understand sounds again. Upon activation, sounds are chimpmunky, Micky Mousey, and Daffy Ducky. High pitched-until you get used to the sounds.

Plus, you have to put in the fact that, in most cases, the hair is shaved around and above the ear during the CI surgery. As we all know, it does take time for the hair to grow out.

All these things do not happen in one day.

At first I was thinking that the "timeliness" wasn't mentioned because a lot of it was retrospective.

December 18, 2006. (Why do I remember this date? That's my birthday.) Okay. Was that the date of the surgery? Was that the day of activation? I do know that it was the date Andy was first reported missing.

Then towards the end, the father admitted that he signed the papers for Andy to get the CI. He wanted his son to be happy, but he was hoping that Andy would wait till the Christmas break to get the CI surgery. That didn't make sense. Then, Hollywood didn't do its homework. Again, CI surgery, activation, and retraining the brain to hear sounds do not happen overnight.

What did you think of the show? Did I miss something here?

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5 Comments:

At Tue Apr 01, 01:45:00 PM , Blogger Anne said...

Hi Shari: Thanks for stopping by my blog. I try to blog about everyday things and not dwell on my disability. I also blog about my autistic son but focus more on his improvements rather than his disabilities.

Check in again soon,
Anne

 
At Tue Apr 01, 03:07:00 PM , Blogger David said...

thanks again for reminder about show. I watched and enjoyed.
I week till my ci surgery
David

 
At Wed Apr 02, 08:06:00 AM , Blogger Shari said...

Hi Anne, glad you stopped by. On this blog, I try to educate. Disability isn't an all or nothing kind of thing. Just because one has a disablity (or, as in my case, two) doesn't mean he/she can't do certain things. I may hear some things, but not everything. I may see things, but it's limited and I may look "normal". I do blog about random things sometimes.

David-Every day gets closer and closer. How exciting. I'll be thinking of you and pray for a successful implant.

 
At Sun Apr 06, 02:01:00 PM , Blogger David said...

Shari you have been a big help and I thank you

 
At Tue Apr 08, 10:50:00 AM , Blogger La La said...

I will have to see if I can watch this online. I do like that show, and I'm always interested in learning more. Thanks for sharing your take on it.

 

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