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Incredible! Deaf Woman Hears The Sound Of Her Own Voice For The First Time!

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Truly a reminder that so much of what we take for granted is a gift!

Check out this amazing video of 29-year-old Sarah Churman, who was born deaf, and with the help of a hearing implant, which a device in the middle ear that picks up sound through the ear canal, is able to hear her own voice for the first time in her life (above)!

Incredible what modern technology has been able to achieve!

Congratulations, Sarah!

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49 comments to “Incredible! Deaf Woman Hears The Sound Of Her Own Voice For The First Time!”

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    omg…this is so touching

    great vid


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    the most heartbreaking aspect of this is that so few deaf people will have this experience. There is so much opposition within the deaf community to these implants. Parents of deaf children are spat at for giving their children hearing, people are ostracized and attacked for getting them for themselves. I was at a diversity awareness event not long ago where a woman from a deaf action group (who wasn't even deaf herself) went on a 20 minute rant about the violence she would like to inflict on the people who 'push' these implants and are 'destroying the deaf community'.

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    I come on this site everyday and comment every so often, but this is one of the best posts i've seen on here. I am a 22 year old in the UK who is an audiologist, this is what I do for a living now after years of study. It is very good to see this type of exposure on a site that millions of people visit covering a topic area that is so often over looked or stigmatised by society. The reaction in this video is why I do what I do, and its wonderful to see it in such a main stream position. Well done Perez xx

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    excuse me.. but how is someone deaf able to understand what the other woman speaks.. if: she has never heard any of that language? I know ASL (American Sign Language) and there is no way to know what the other speak with the mouth. They know only ONE language, and thats sign language..how is she able to understand what the other woman says if she has never heard of it… or if she has never heard a word of a new language??? Many say only noises… they never speak real words. They speak with noise, as they dont know that real words are. If she was born deaf there is no way to understand what the other said. Noone can know by hearing in five minutes what someone has to say… it takes years of training to learn a language (like babies, they dont know the language just becuase they were born and they learn it…. they dont know it automatically…. babies take years to learn and to master the speaking. Th same with hearing. BAbies dont understand what we are saying at first. It takes them at least two years to learn to understand….. Deaf people even if they hear for the first time they have to learn the language if they ever learn to speak of hear.. got it?

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    Well I am Deaf myself. Hearing people NEED to understand that it is NOT a miracle. It is a hard work and years of training to idenfy the sounds. I do not care to have it done. I am perfectly fine the way I am. Please do not feel sorry for me, I am FINE! I admit that there are some deaf people who are so against the implant but I feel that it is every child's choice and should not be forced. Remember, it is not a miracle! It may work or not!

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    Seriously, did you just profit over this by putting an ad before this touching video? Fuck you, Perez.

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    No way….. she had to have been born hard of hearing. Her speech is much too clear, not to mention, she easily understood the woman's spoken English and responded. If she had been born Deaf, she wouldn't understand spoken English.
    Concerning the Deaf opposition, I know that it is very controversial, but I also know that there are many Deaf that have these procedures done.
    This young lady is obviously happy with her surgery, that's all that matters…..

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    TROLLIN'!!!! There's no way she would clearly understand what the other woman was saying without seeing her lips move especially when she had to hands over her eyes crying. If anything, she may have LOST her hearing at some point in her life and could remember what words sound and mean, but this COULDN'T be for the first time…. cheerios

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    Re: GladiatoraRe: missvivi – Perez's interns aren't reporters they pick up stories that have gotten a lot of hits and slap a ad on them. She was born deaf and started w/ hearing aids at the age of 2, but they "only helped so much" she read lips for the most part and the hearing aid made things "blurry" for her. So she wasn't in complete silence, like many of the blind are not in complete darkness. I know that many in the deaf community are against this "Esteem implant" and others like it. I respect that, but Yeah for Miss Churman and her Choice ( ;

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    That totally made me tear up for her!

  11. 11

    Aw I got all choked up, so amazing!! I am so happy for her and I don't even know her.

  12. 12

    THANK you for not sticking an ad in front of that, douchebag.

  13. 13

    I am so happy for you Sarah.
    I can't even imagine how overwhelming this must have been.

  14. 14

    wow this woman had the miracle of being able to hear and people on here still manage to say something negative…. smh she could have been brought back from the dead, and you guys still would nit pick. you guys are the lowest of the low.

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    That was beautiful.

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    If she was deaf how the heck does she understand the woman?

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    Re: glamourextra – What? Why?

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    Re: Gladiatora – She probably read her lips and translated it back to the words.

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    Re: be strong – The deaf community works VERY hard to build a safe deaf world/community for deaf people they are very close knit and see themselves in their world as very 'normal". In their community people don't hear even if given the chance because it wasn't a handicap they had to over come it is a way of life and there is no need to FIX them. It is a wonderful thing for some such as Sara, but disrespectful to others. No one should judge. People there are different stages of deafness w/ hearing aids.

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    Re: missvivi – I agree with the comments that she could not have been born deaf, but maybe lost it over time. That is in no way to diminish her reactions to her voice, which is indeed touching. I have seen videos of babies amazement in their faces hearing sounds for the first time when their implants are turned on, and it is equally as touching, and to see their sadness when it is turned off as well. I have a daughter who was probably not born lacking all hearing but was losing her hearing at an early age. Her speech is clear as well. She has one of these implants and they are miraculous, though not perfect. I picked up right away the girl's speech was not the speech of a deaf person but someone who has had some level of hearing because is clear and seemingly free of impediment, much like my daughter's. If hearing is lost completely, speech clarity/ ability is lost over time because you cannot hear yourself speak and loose enunciation. Never the less, it is inspiring to see the emotion on her face and for others to understand the miracles of technology.

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    awesome. life changer.

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    That's exactly what I love to see. Good for her :) That made me so happy…

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    Re: Bunniesattack – So are you saying that if a blind person had the chance to see, that they should turn the opportunity down because they don't need to be fixed either-that they are also safe in their community? I don't want to seem insensitive or boorish because there is certainly enough of that on this site, already. I'm just trying to get a handle on something I admit I need enlightening with.

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    My son has had this surgery. The surgery is great, we are so thankful for it, but I'm afraid that this video is a bit misleading. It is a lot of hard work for my son, and at first he could not distinguish what the sounds meant. This is a more typical reaction than what is shown in the video. He found the sensation agitating for a while. Unfortunately, waiting until a child is of the age of consent makes the outcome less successful. We are grateful for the technology, but it is not without limitations and we have to understand that his hearing remains fragile, so it is important for him to have some sign language as well. He is naturally good at reading lips. She must have had a lot of therapy, and perhaps a hearing aid. Her speech is remarkably clear for someone who is born deaf. Even with aids, and even implantation, speech is often much less clear than hers is.

    It is a wonderful thing, but there is no magic switch! There is usually a lot of hard work involved!

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    There's a different between "Deaf" and "Hard of Hearing". Hard of hearing means they can only hear specific frequencies or sounds within a certain volume range. Deaf means they cannot hear at all. She's probably a hard of hearing and read lips! She's wearing an implant - not hearing aids. Not all hard of hearing can get away with it - it's depends how severe your hearing loss. This is still a miracle….technology has come along way.

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    Re: be strong – I don't know that blind community has this same sort of phenomenon. I am not saying people SHOULD do anything. I am simply relaying(probably over simplifying) what I know about the vary protected and wonderful deaf community. Science can't make everyone hear, a large portion of the deaf com. decided they would be around other deaf people and families of the deaf and not be Fixed even if they could be. The worry I think is then they are no longer "normal" which they consider themselves and their tight knit com. will falter w/ bringing the hearing com. and these implants in. I was simply saying I respect their right to want that, But I also feel joyful for Sara. S/one who is deaf and in the community might say of sara, it is ok for s/one outside the community but do not call it a miracle, because that would mean you have pity for the deaf. Agree or disagree it is an amazing community. Hope that helps. It was Sara's choice, she most likely didn't immerse herself w/ the deaf, she lived in a hearing world. She had been working w/ hearing aids since 2 so for her it was a great happiness, Happy for her.

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    "My whole life I've been complimented on how well I speak. I don't really have an answer for you other than I have always had a passion for reading, grammar, and English. My hearing loss was/is considered severe to profound. I've worked very hard to be able to interact and blend in…..only thing I can say is 'God is good'." In the artcile I read about her, that's what she said.

    "She says on her YouTube channel that she's worn hearing aids since she was two years old and has gotten by on reading lips."

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    omg this is so amazing! it made me cry…it's just so sweet, incredible, & inspiring! I love this for sure! Good for her!

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    I cried so much watching this. So thankful that she can hear and enjoy her life.

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    that was like a punch in the face. thank you Sara for smacking me into realising what a gift and blessing it is that Im still here. god bless you go buy an ipod xxxxx

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    saw this on break a couple days ago. so sweet. her life's totally changed

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    Re: be strong – The Deaf (yes, with a capital "D") community is more than just a community…it is a culture, with its own language and history…a way of living, with a certain set of beliefs and values. Cochlear implants remain a very controversial issue within the culture, because they do not want the culture to die out. It is a very personal decision. Watch "Sound and Fury"…very interesting.

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    Re: Gladiatora – AGREE! AND her own speaking voice is way to crisp and clear. Deaf people don't sound like us. Either she wasn't born deaf and became deaf later OR this video is a haux.

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    I am a mother of a child who was born Profoundly deaf and she has been implanted with a cochlear implant 13 years ago, still to this day she is having alot of speech theraphy there is no way that this girl was born profoundly deaf when my daugthers implant was turn on it scared the hell out of her and cried , there is alot of pro's and con's of this device we chose to have our daughter implanted its up to her to keep it or not, we dont pressure her to use it, just makes a few things easier for her to understand, but most of all its her choice to use it or not she choose to use it and is happy its a wonderful invention but not a miracle.

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    Re: hb2578 – I will watch Sound and Fury. Thanks for suggesting it. I have just been assigned to partner at work with a deaf woman who can hear me on the phone but talks like she has been hearing impaired. I am going to meet her next week. I believe she has an implant, too. I was just going to treat her like anyone else. Is this the right approach?

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    I am an Interpreter for the Deaf, and this is not a miracle, it's a choice. There is nothing wrong with being Deaf, it's not a handicap, it's just a different life. Congrats to her for being happy, but there is nothing wrong with Deaf people that needs to be fixed…

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    After reading al of the comments, I do agree with a lot of points. Deafness/ being Hard of Hearing and how you approach your own personal communication is truly one's choice. No one should judge. However, 95% of babies born with hearing loss are born to hearing parents. No, cochlear implants are not miracles, it comes with a lot of hard work, training and family dedication- but with the right support comes great benefits. I am very happy for this young woman.

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    Wow! Made me tear up. Very moving.

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    Re: coronalover

    Thank you for sharing your story. *hugs*.

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    This is clearly not her first time hearing. This is a girl who was born hearing, lost her hearing, and is now hearing again for the first time. Lets get this right, people. She wouldn't be able to distinguish between different sounds and understand dialogue, nonetheless speak pronunciation the way she does if she's never heard sounds at any time.

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    Honestly, the biggest problem with this is that he got her name wrong. It's Sloan, not Sarah.

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    Im not saying im against the implant. I find it very nice that we are leaving in these times becuase we are not in the dark like 200 years ago. I love to live now. Ive learn ASL as other three speaking languages. And even my son struggles with two languages as well. So deaf people need training. If they get the chance to have an implant to improve their living and they skill to understand people with voice and sounds.. thats amazing. Ive got a couple of good friends that are deaf. Im not against them or whatever, everyone makes their own choices, and im glad if they chose to improve. Thats why i learned their language, to open my mind. Deaf comunity is really fragile in the sense of friendship with "outsiders" You have to be considerate and polite. Its not easy to get the trust of them.. you have to build a relationship. But dont say she was born deaf.. she was not born deaf. So those internt working for Perez, should do mor research and learn to write a good article. and not presenting misleading information.

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    That's a very touching video, thanks for posting this Perez!

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    Yes, Perez…finally a refreshing post! You should do more of these, this one made me choke up…love it!

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    My throat was closed up the whole time. What an amazing blessing!!! So joyous!!

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    Perez, I'm surprised at you. As a gay man we the Deaf community would expect you to understand not everyone thinks assimilation is a great thing. Can a pill, surgery or therapy make you straight? Would you want it even if you could? There's a lot of misconception about implants. They don't always work. However parents especially are not always told this. This is a major surgery performed on a child usually before age 3. What happens when the child is old enuf to realize theres a foriegn matter in my head?

    Gallaudet University, the world's only liberal art university for deaf people is experiencing a boom becuz these implanted kids realize they've been lied to,tricked, & bamboozled into thinking they are "hearing" but this device doesn't change who they are & where they fit in. The cochlear medical industry is like the Star Trek Borg, the deaf shall be assimilated.