Okay, so to start I am not HOH or Deaf. I do not pretend to be an expert, because I am not, and my sign language skill is finger spelling and four words. On the other hand, due to the fact that there is a higher than likely chance I will start to lose my hearing in my late 30s/ early 40s (4x generations of my mom’s family have been moderate to severely HOH by the time they hit 50) I have learnt a bit about the culture just out of curiosity and due to friends who are members of the Deaf community. Therefore I am starting to get a bit annoyed at the Twitter and Tumblr comments. This storyline is more than just the fact he cannot hear. It is about shining a light in a community that millions do not even know exists. It is about showing that they are more than just deaf, they are Deaf (Google the difference).
Just watch the storyline, stop complaining about the sound and maybe spend five minutes on Google to learn why this is important.
Also, to any Deaf people who may read this? Yay or Nay on the implant? I have a friend with one who hates it (her parents choice not her’s) and I was curious about the feeling within the community because I know they are controversial.