Why ‘Sound of Metal’ makes this hard-of-hearing audiologist ‘uncomfortable’

Sound of Metal has been widely recognized as one of the best movies of 2020 and has received praise both for its portrayal of deafness and deaf culture, and for Riz Ahmed’s performance as Ruben Stone, a drummer and recovering addict who suddenly loses his hearing.

But pediatric audiologist Michelle Hu had mixed feelings about the film’s message. “It was a good production but they [dropped] the ball on a lot of things, hearing and audiology-wise,” she tells Yahoo Life.

Watch the above video for more information on how cochlear implants, and their controversy, play a role in the film.