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It is not, he insists an issue that affects his pupils.
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A deaf teenager has revealed how he had cochlear implant fitted because he longed to hear his parents say his name.
Lewis, 15, has been profoundly deaf since birth, the result of a genetic condition he was diagnosed with at 13 months old.
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'I hate the word 'can't', I hate feeling like that - I like to be able to do things.'It was Lewis' trials with his speech which ultimately led him to make the decision to undergo a cochlear implant.
At Mary Hare, sign language isn't a requirement – while many pupils use it to communicate amongst themselves, lessons are taught through speech – a deliberate decision that is itself the subject of some controversy.'There can be a lot of politics around deaf culture,' admits the school's head teacher Peter Gale.
Lewis made the heartfelt confession in the Channel 4 documentary Extrordinary Teens: School of Life and Deaf on Thursday night, moving viewers to tears.
Dozens took to Twitter to praise the teenager, saying his story was 'so moving'.
'There are people who passionately believe that sign language is their natural language and that that is how communication should take place.