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Our Lives: Born Deaf, Raised Hearing (S5EP13 BBC One Fri 6 May 2022)



Jonny Cotsen is a deaf actor and father of two children. Though he was born deaf, he was made to fit in with the hearing world, which hasn’t always been easy. This is his story as he tries to comprehend the life-altering decisions his mother made when he was a child, as well as what it means to live in two worlds.

He was given analogue hearing aids as a child, taught to lip-read, and was taught to speak, all of which traumatised him. He had no deaf role models or identity, and he never learned sign language. Now he wants to know why his mother made the life-changing decision to raise him as if he could hear. What was she thinking and what were the experts telling her at the time?

Airdate: Fri 6 May 2022 at 19:30 on BBC One

Season 5 Episode 13

Our Lives is a collection of programmes celebrating the diversity of our society.