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Monday, October 3, 2011

29 Year Old Woman Hears for the First Time

I saw a clip of this touching video on my local news today.

The Esteem hearing implant is designed for adults with moderately severe sensorineural hearing loss - exactly the type I have. To learn more about this option to hearing aids, click here.

I had never heard of it before today. Have you? On the website, there are stories of people implanted as far back as 2005.

Update: You can read Sarah Churman's story in her own words on her blog here.


Anonymous said...

I just learnt about this, this week, through Twitter.

I was amazed and shocked of horrible comments left on there by some. I did not see how far back it went though.

Richard Roehm said...

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center gets all excited whenever there is news of deaf babies and adults with hearing loss getting cochlear implants and news that parents are opting to get their child with hearing loss cochlear implants. We have a rich website that supports the reasoning for cochlear implants with plenty of heart warming videos. Not to mention that our agency is moving on upwards with newer medical technology to mitigate hearing loss as our powerpoint presentation we presented in San Diego earlier this year. The best life journey for babies with hearing loss begins with sound, listening, and then speaking.

SpeakUp Librarian said...

I would just like to clarify for all readers, that this device is NOT a cochlear implant. See the linked website for a complete explanation.

Frieda Loves Bread said...

I saw this video, too, and was touched by it. I have a mild-moderate sensorineural hearing loss as well and have always wondered....

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous If you click this video for the You Tube page of where this video clip is. Its there that I mean about horrible comments made. If they are not there now since last few days ago when someone shared this video clip with me. Then they have been deleted. But some were saying on the You Tube site that she was 'fake' and more nasty comments than that. Thats what I am referring to. Those comments were not caled for that they gave here. Who are we to judge?

Thank you Sarah for clarifying that this device is not a CI, because I thought it was. So will be reading more about this.

Anonymous said...

After reading about it and seeing the video how this works. I have got the concept of it. Looks good.

I don't know if I would have this,and as my hearing loss is a medical mystery, and I don't have a diagnosis that I'm aware of for my type of hearing loss, I probably could not have this myself. But it is certainly good because it can be hidden. Which is good for those who are self concious about other hearing technology being on show.

Has many been fitted with this do you know?

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Hi Liz,
From what I learned, not many have been fitted. I'm not concerned about making my hearing amplification hidden. Instead, I think the advantage of having it implanted is that the sound would be more "natural" - no feedback and distortion issues as with hearing aids. Also it would be inside your head and there would be no worries on rainy days or when going swimming of having to remove it.
Thanks for your additional contributions to this discussion, Liz.

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Hi Frieda,
It's my understanding that this implant is for moderately severe (or greater as in this woman's case) hearing losses.
This young woman is so brave to share such an intimate moment of her life with the world. I admire her courage in addressing her hearing loss with the media and the curious.
All the best,

SpeakUp Librarian said...

To all doubters and/or haters, please read Kokunut Pundit's excellent response to those who question the amount of Sarah Churman's hearing loss.

Anonymous said...

Your welcome Sarah and thanks for showing a post from someone elses view point too. Going to have a read now.