It is a common worry of hearing parents, and unfortunately often suggested by medical professionals, that Deaf people will have trouble communicating and functioning in society unless they are surgically "fixed." Below, find a video illustrating the capacity of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people to succeed in hearing society. While their backgrounds and communication styles vary, these people are all Deaf and excelling in their fields of study and/or professions.
As I King Jordan, the first Deaf President of Gallaudet University said in a televised interview in 1988: "My message is very brief but very important. That message is: A Deaf person can do anything a hearing person can, except hear."