The Lived Experience of Hearing Children With Deaf Parents in Negros Oriental, Philippines

Monday, 30 October 2017: 9:50 AM

Kristeline Sy Suasin, BSN1
Christine Ann Alviola, BSN2
Jose Mari Bejerano III, BSN3
Danielle Angelique Cabahug, BSN4
Precious Dominic Dadule, BSN5
Maricor Gin Edma, BSN6
Luce Dawn Ledesma, BSN7
Mae Kristen Palomar, BSN8
Criscille Anne Rebosura, BSN9
Venice Marion Solis, BSN10
Angelica Uy, BSN4
Marville Villanueva, BSN7
(1)Graduate Programs, Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines
(2)none, Valencia, Negros Oriental, Philippines
(3)Cebu Institute of Medicine, Cebu City, Philippines
(4)Silliman University Medical School, Dumaguete City, Philippines
(5)Polymedic Institute, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines
(6)School of Medicine, Xavier University-Ateneo de Bagayan, Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines
(7)Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, Philippines
(8)Department of Health, Jimalalud, Negros oriental, Philippines
(9)Faith Hospital, Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, Philippines
(10)Silliman University Medical Center Foundation Inc., Dumaguete City, Philippines

Research studies about deafness have increased in the past years. However, these researches were more focused on the experiences of the hearing parents of deaf children. In the absence of communication, the case between a deaf parent(s) and a hearing child presents a challenging situation. For this reason, the researchers were prompted to look into what goes on in the lives of CODAs or children of deaf adults. Specifically, the researchers addressed the question: What is the lived experience of hearing children with deaf parents in Negros Oriental? The aim of this research is to understand the meaning or essence of the lived experience of individuals aging 18 years old and above with deaf parents residing in Negros Oriental.

The researchers used Husserlian methodology and Collaizi’s method of data analysis in describing the phenomenon. With the use of snowball and purposive sampling, ten participants were interviewed. Data were extracted from the direct statements of the participants. Being aware of personal biases, the researchers ensured bracketing through the use of journals and discussion. The researchers utilized the theory of Human Becoming by Rosemarie Parse as the foundation of describing the phenomenon. During the analysis of the data that has been gathered, a total of twenty – six themes emerged and were collated into six theme clusters which were considered to be the central themes of the study. The following are the theme clusters that have been formed: 1) Emotional Distinctions; 2) Approaches to Communication; 3) Developing Awareness; 4) Forming Social Relations; 5) Values and Belief; and 6) Coping with the Condition.

The shared experiences and testimonies of the hearing children of deaf parents were acknowledged and information about their experiences will provide awareness to the society regarding what they have lived through. This research will greatly help the community to better understand and deal with people who are in the same situation.