Sorry…I was in a silly mood this morning when I responded to this post, so I apologize if I offended you or anyone else. I do totally understand and agree with what you’re saying about articles such as this potentially doing a disservice to the HOH/(d)Deaf community. These kind of articles are exactly what give people false hope. However, I am thankful that in recent years there seems to be more research going into hearing restoration rather than just hearing “fixes”, such as hearing aids and cochlear implants. And I am hopeful that if my children end up with late-onset hearing loss, the medical community may actually have the ability to restore their hearing at least somewhat.
When I first started looking into hearing loss issues in my early twenties, knowing that at some point in the future I would more than likely have hearing loss requiring at least one hearing device, there wasn’t much research on curing hearing loss. The focus of most of the research/news articles I saw at that time was on creating new devices rather than fixing the actual problem. I remember being very discouraged then and thinking that if my hearing ever got really bad, life would be “hopeless”. (I don’t feel as hopeless now because I know many, many people with much more hearing loss than I have who are coping reasonably well.)
When my undergrad nursing class was studying disabilities, I was able to present them with a reasonably researched paper on the paucity of research related to hearing restoration. Even my instructors were surprised that, at that time, it seemed much more research was going into finding cures for just about every other disability except hearing loss/deafness. So the point of my post was to say that I’m excited that at least now scientists are finally starting to look in actual treatments as opposed to bandaids.