Sweet Nothing in my Ear
Dan Miller (Daniels) and his wife Laura (Matlin) only want what’s best for their happy and healthy eight-year-old son Adam (Noah Valencia), who’s been deaf since age four. Adam’s father (who is hearing) becomes intrigued by a technology (cochlear implants) that may make it possible after surgery for Adam to hear sounds. For Dan, an operation would be worth the risk involved. He believes Adam’s life would be easier and more complete if he could hear. Adam’s mother, who is deaf, opposes the procedure, believing it would make Adam feel that something’s wrong with him, something that needs “fixing.”
This is a close-knit, loving family – but a family facing a moment of truth. Together or apart, Dan and Laura must make a life-altering decision on behalf of their son.
This movie hits hard on the pros and cons of cochlear implants. A couple’s little boy Adam lost his hearing when he was four, and he is now eight. Adam’s mother has been deaf since the age of four. Her mom and dad are both deaf and use sign language to speak. They don’t see why Adam needs the implant because they feel very normal as they are. Adam’s father can hear and wants to have the cochlear implant put in so Adam can have a voice conversation with him.
They both have such strong feelings on the implant issue. They file for divorce and end up in court to decide custody. The parents then realize that the life they and Adam have had till now has been very good to them, and they don’t need a judge to decide things for them. The situation is resolved by film’s end. This movie is happily awarded our Dove “Family Approved” Seal.