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Sarah Churman, Deaf Woman, Hears Herself For First Time

written by John Chow on October 1, 2011

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For your Saturday feel good video, I present Sarah Chuman, 29, was born deaf. Until recently, Sarah had never heard the sound of her own voice. However, thanks to a hearing implant, Miss Churman was able to experience a miracle.

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. Churman goes on to explain the background behind her clear speech:

“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’.”

The device she’s received is not a hearing aid. It’s implanted in the middle ear and picks up sound through the ear canal, minimizing background noise and acoustic feedback, according to Envoy Medical.

Watch the powerful video below, in which the young Miss Churman hears herself speaking for the first time, and then tell me this doesn’t bring a tear to your eyes.

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