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Wednesday, 13th of October, BBC2, 14.00

SH Line Producer | 16:26 UK time, Tuesday, 12 October 2010

On today’s programme we look at the emotive and controversial research into potential cures for deafness. We highlight some of the latest developments and ask the crucial questions, is this really what the deaf community wants and could deafness eventually be eradicated?

We follow profoundly Deaf viewer Tomato Lichy as he puts these questions to a leading scientist in the field.


Also on the show, we attend a special awards ceremony at Wolverhampton University, where the Chairman of the British Deaf Association and former See Hear editor Terry Riley, receives his honorary degree for his services to the Deaf community.


If you would like to share your views on the topic of genetic research, or on any issues in today's programme, then please leave us your feedback. We'd really appreciate that.


And, please remember, next week's programme will go out on Thursday, 21st of October at 13.45. We apologize for the short notice, but please be assured that See Hear will be back in it's normal Wednesday slot at 13.00 from the 27th of October onwards.

See you then!




  • Comment number 1.

    I think it is completely fair that there be a research looking for curing hearing loss in the non-deaf community. However, imposing this treatment, like any other treatment, is completely unethical and unfair. What the government is doing, I don't agree with. The legislation has passed with not having the deaf community and their preference in mind, which is completely unjust as they are the majority of the people involved in this kind of issues.

  • Comment number 2.

    Any kind of research will be always linked with controversial issues no matter what areas are relating to. However with this research, I am biased though. This research "might" be useful for those who became hard of hearing or deaf later in their life and feel that they are not either part of hearing or deaf community and want to regain their hearing ( personal, work, etc. issues) however government cannot propose a law or legislation without discussing further not to harm to the majority of deaf people. As the researcher mentioned the ethical committee, I think that this committee should be presented at least with one of deaf/HOH representatives to discuss pro and cons in this matter and then propose it to the government.


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