29 years old deaf girl hears for the first time

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+4 1. Cvejic commented 11 years ago

Nice tattoo.
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+43 2. imagic commented 11 years ago

yeah girl ! go listen to all the beautiifull things in this world en skip all the bull####, you will have a wonderfull life !
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+27 3. ErGo_404 commented 11 years ago

I don't like watching nice girls crying, but I really wonder, how could she recover the ability to hear ?
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+68 4. Ganjabus commented 11 years ago

Im surprised her voice is normal.
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+49 5. doubledesperado commented 11 years ago

This makes me happy :)
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+27 6. Mafu commented 11 years ago

wow, touching!! But I agree with #4 ... surprising how she is able to speak so normally.
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+9 7. akeem commented 11 years ago

#4 & #6
it's because she wasn't born deaf!

I wish her all the best. Touching video!
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+9 8. Sizzlik (admin) commented 11 years ago

#4 , #6 and #7 I dunno myself how its possible..but an uncle of my friend was born complety deaf and while he does sign language he talks along..it sounds a bit weird of course..but he actually talks good. So i guess its not impossible for a deaf person to almost talk normal after they can hear again
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+7 9. elchupacabra commented 11 years ago

Great video. I can't even begin to imagine what she felt like in that moment.
She explains a bit more about her speaking and procedures on Ellen show, after 8 days of hearing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp4usWroDew Also, very touching :)
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+16 10. Xionbox (moderator) commented 11 years ago

#3 It's an inner ear implant, more precisely called a Cochlear Implant. Have a look on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochlear_implant

#4 , #6 , #7, #8 : what happens is that deaf people may not be completely deaf. In addition, if they were not born deaf, they may have spoken before. Following a severe ear infection (or something else), they may become deaf. People how are deaf and mute are often people that never heard well. In addition, as #8 said, even deaf and mute people are able to make sounds, they just don't speak well because they haven't had the chance to correlate the sound with the way to articulate properly.
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+3 11. roisterdoister commented 11 years ago

Great emotion .. and now you have a lot of beautiful music to listen to! :)
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+22 12. Sizzlik (admin) commented 11 years ago

her quote:
I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :) Edit: For those of you who have asked the implant I received was Esteem offered by Envoy Medical. Sarah Churman.
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-5 13. Gattaiolato commented 11 years ago

I know I'll pay for this but...
#3 probably with "Ihear" a new Iphone app. Bye Steve!
No, seriously, they simply washed her ears or all the other start talking louder >:)

Anyway, happy to you girl!
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0 14. Xionbox (moderator) commented 11 years ago

#12 Well then I start to wonder how come she speaks so well... Thank gosh I'm not a doctor!
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0 15. tree4free commented 11 years ago

Severely hearing impaired since birth, Sarah Churman had long managed to cope in a world where sounds came as if they were under water. But now, a surgical implant lets her hear her own voice.

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0 16. loadrunner commented 11 years ago

#12 Have you ever imagined how music souds to her before the implant?
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-1 17. rontsi commented 11 years ago

hears for the first time? you gotta be kidding me. there is no way she could understand any kind of sound or speech if she hears it for the first time. "she read lips" - no, she has her eyes closed. and besides of understanding speech, she can even produce it. perfectly. all the deaf speech i have heard was just non-sense primitive noises.

probably she was not born deaf but just lost the ability at some point of her life. otherwise - a true miracle of God.
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+9 18. MadTick commented 11 years ago

Turns out her mother-in-law used all of her savings to pay for the operation for one ear, $30,000.

The deaf girl went on the Ellen show and Ellen paid the mother-in-law back for the operation and fully paid for the 2nd ear too. Great story
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+2 19. rubi commented 11 years ago

@8 , @10 , @12 and @18 thank you for the information.

very nice and touching video :)
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+6 20. KikooStyle commented 11 years ago

Well ... I am only 23 and I learned three weeks ago I got otosclerosis so ... in reverse I'll be deaf by the end of my life. I wake up every day with a louder tinnitus and a smaller audition spectrum.

I am happy that science can heal some of us :)
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+3 21. gouranga4ever commented 11 years ago

Science for the win..
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0 22. ZaMpTi commented 11 years ago

this is so nice rly touching and emotional love it all the best to her
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0 23. ValdeLevis commented 11 years ago

#13 After yesterday's news, I wondered who would bring some icrap to Snotr first, looks like you're the winner. Remember, if you're planing to take pictures of Mr. Job's send off, NO FLASH! I'm sure Steve would have insisted on that.
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0 24. moon-trial commented 11 years ago

#2 You mean skip the hip hop? >:)

SjN (#(removed comment)) prefer the barbies kind of girls... Her tattoo is beautifull, it makes me think to the goddess Tairrie B <3
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+3 26. Tehrasha commented 11 years ago

#10 Not a Cochlear implant in this case. It is an Esteem.

"Hello, I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :) Edit: For those of you who have asked the implant I received was Esteem offered by Envoy Medical." - sloanchurman

How the Esteem works --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdBzjR-i9E0

Not an inner-ear stimluator, but a bridge for missing or deformed bones in the ear.
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-2 27. Neutral commented 11 years ago

#17 is right, If a person born deaf likely she is dumb, that's not the first time she hear
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-2 28. Taineract commented 11 years ago

"Deafness," by its supposedly official definition doesn't necessarily mean absolutely no sound is heard. She likely was just hard of hearing to the point of not being able to understand someone without context, body language, and/or reading lips.

So the title of the video is a bit misleading. This obviously isn't he first time she's heard anything. This is probably the first time she's heard the world as we, with typical working human ears hear it.
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-4 29. cretia commented 11 years ago

completely deaf (IN ONE EAR) folks other ear works fine
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+1 30. esona commented 11 years ago

wow.made me cry.
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+1 31. irishgek commented 11 years ago

This video made me cry , i'm partially deaf in one ear due to a botched operation on my ear when I was young.(Waiting on graft operation to fix it in new year as its not covered by my insurance I have had to save and save for this)

I can tell you with out a doubt, I wear a hearing aid for many years in that ear and it was 5 years before they decided and a suitable digital hearing aid was on the market and would work for my type of deafness , the first time I got that when I was a young teen I got totally freaked to be able to hear stereo again and to not have to ask "sorry what" every time I was asked a question.

I'm so happy for this one girl but there are thousands and thousands of others out there that could be helped by this implant that has been around for years!
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0 32. Severd_nerv commented 11 years ago

Its Gr8 to see heart warming stories like this to make u feel like life has so much to appriciate! Thanks for the upload =D
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0 33. GradX commented 11 years ago

Im happy she can hear again, but she's not really Deaf, more likely deaf. She obviously is very intelligent and determined. Im glad she's happy, but she can hardly be considered representative of Deaf culture. D/deaf... Big difference
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0 34. SunshineEddy commented 11 years ago

I am not going to pretend for a minute that I have the patience and determination to do this myself, but if you had enough of each, you could eventually speak normally without ever having heard a sound before. Each sound creates a different vibration in your throat; each sound form a different shape on your lips and tongue. If it were really important to someone, they could learn to speak as well as she does, though deaf from birth.

At any rate, I fail to understand why the mood of the video had to be brought down a notch over an argument over how deaf she was. As if she has somehow cheated us for not being completely deaf. Moments that are nothing but happy are so few in this world, celebrate them when they come along, don't beat them down.