Originally posted on TED Blog:
[ted_talkteaser id=1756] This morning’s TED Talk from Andrew Solomon asks a deep question about parents and children. Inspired by his own upbringing, Solomon wondered how parents form bonds with extraordinary children — or, in his words, when the “vertical culture” passed from parent to child is different from the “horizontal culture” of the child’s own self-identity.
As an example, Solomon suggests the case of a deaf child born to a hearing parent. The hearing parents may want the child to be more like them, while the child may find a rewarding identity in being part of Deaf culture. Watch his talk to find out more …
This example led the TED Blog to a phone call with a TED Talks speaker who works at the complicated intersection of hearing and identity: Dr. Charles Limb. In his surgical practice, he performs cochlear implants, an elective surgery that can offer hearing-impaired people an increased ability to hear sound. [ted_talkteaser id=1291]And unlike some of the other examples in Solomon’s talk, a hearing impairment is a situation which, sometimes, a technology can change — which raises the question of self-identity in a whole new way. An edited version of our conversation follows.