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Hearing Herself for the First Time

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YouTube member sloanchurman was born deaf. Now 29 years old, her husband recorded the moment her hearing implant is activated. She explained in the YouTube comments:

"I had an implant put in 8 weeks ago called The Esteem Implant by Envoy Medical. I was born deaf and have worn hearing aids from the age of 2, but hearing aids only help so much. I have gotten by this long in life by reading lips. This was taken as they were activating the implant."

-via reddit

Previously: 8-Month Baby Hears for First Time

Thank you for sharing this(sloanchurman as well as Neatorama)I am currently back in school studying to be an SLP so that I can work with children that have received cochlear implants. It makes me cry each and every time I see someone's implant get activated. Reminds me why I'm working so hard in school!
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DUDE!! Put down the freakin' camera and celebrate with your wife! Is posting it on youtube so important that you need to stand there and giggle while your wife experiences the most profound thing that's ever happened to her? Comfort her. Love her.
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So it took seven comments before someone decided to take the happy out it. Bravo, JeffL, for being superior.

And congrats, sloanchurman. I look forward to experiencing a similar reaction in 2023, when I can finally see infrared. :)
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JeffL if you refer to her page on Youtube, she says that she wishes he taped it longer. I'm sure it was a mutual agreement that he was taping.
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Videos like this prompt a kind of depravation-meditation from viewers, which is nice. It shuts up our selfish-minds long enough to reflect on what life would be like without one of our senses.

Now, imagine what life would be like without any senses or even a thought - imagine your death. Lame isn't it? Not much "going on" at that point, eh? Looking from this perspective, what do you want? What do you really want? To see? To hear? To taste? To touch? To smell and think? Does it even matter what it is that you feel, as long as you feel something?
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It's nice to see all the positive responses. The Deaf community generally disaprove of cochlear implants, particularly for children. Some go as far as to compare audiologists to Nazis performing a systematic genocide on Deaf culture.
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I don't believe that girl was born deaf. Her speaking voice is that of a hearing person, from some time. Deaf people from birth have a very different speaking voice. Still cool.
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