Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, an associate professor at Gallaudet University, who is also the first signing deaf woman in the world to receive a doctorate of philosophy, wrote an article charging that deaf people who take part in research aimed at curing deafness are aiding "a form of cultural genocide" because sign languages will cease to flourish.
Two thoughts come to mind on this. First, I find the good professor to be a selfish jackass. Second, if there was ever a genocide the world could get behind, this would be the one.
To claim that it is more important to maintain the culture of sign languages over allowing people to hear is nothing short of sick. How is maintaining a language that was created because people could not hear to communicate more important than opening up whole new worlds through the restoration of a sense?
Image someone hearing music for the first time, or the sounds of nature; hearing the ocean's surf of the wind blowing through the trees. We should deny this to people to maintain a culture of deafness?
There is a video of an infant getting to hear for the first time after an operation to restore her ability to hear. The look on the babies face says it all.