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More parents are choosing implants to help deaf children such as Drake Weland hear. But some deaf leaders say the decision is a big one and the devices are not for everyone.

By TONY LEYS
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
March 25, 2007

Drake Weland’s parents are almost certain he would not want to live in silence.

Drake was 11 months old when tests showed he was profoundly deaf. A doctor told his parents that an electronic implant could deliver sounds to his brain and help him learn to talk. The doctor said the devices, called cochlear implants, work best in babies – so Drake’s parents had the surgery done right away.

Their choice is increasingly common, especially for the 90 percent of deaf babies born to hearing parents. But the practice concerns some deaf people, who say that parents should wait until children are old enough…”

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