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    Honestly, it crossed my mind as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    This situation reminds me of a situation within the Deaf community. To normal people outside the Deaf community being deaf is considered a handicap and an unfortunate situation. Within the Deaf community (To many, not all) it is considered normal and a good thing. I personally know someone who let their child's ear infections go so they would become deaf like them. (Which I do think is abuse) There also is a lot of protest against cochlear implant because of wanting to stay Deaf (among other reasons). I do not think everyone that wants to stay Deaf because that is how they identify has a disorder. I am more familiar with this in the Hearing/Deaf sense. I do know people who have wanted the nerves in their ears severed so they can not hear at all. I think in the sense that they would rather either be Hearing or Deaf but not Hard of Hearing.
    There are SO many differences here.

    I think the deaf community embraces being deaf because they have no choice, and because they can find the good in it, the heightening of other senses, the value in not viewing yourself as disabled and limited, etc. That's not a negative.

    I think the story of letting the child's ear infection go is, as you also agree, abuse.

    I think deciding to stay deaf vs. having an implant is also different. It's not a choice I understand, but I've read about it some and it's not asking a doctor to harm you, or limiting your lifespan, or anything like that. It's status quo for someone who has learned how to cope and feels able and comfortable in the world they live in, maybe like choosing not to get lasik surgery.

    Want to sever the nerves in your ear...well I don't know what it's like to be hard of hearing. Maybe it gives you headaches, maybe it's so difficult that it is better to have all or none, I have no idea.

    But none of this feels even close to the same situation. Very broadly, perhaps, the topic is similar, but the situation is different.
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    Yeah if anything the biggest difference is where the desire comes from. The OP, its definitely a mental illness. The deaf community thing, i don't think that stems from a mental illness needing attention.

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    I seriously don't understand comparing these things to someone who is clearly mentally ill.
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    Yeah- not the same. Weird parallel.

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