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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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{ 36 comments }

fazal mayar October 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

damn thats nice, i wouldnt like to be deaf at all, thats really good for her

Erwin Miradi October 2, 2011 at 1:07 am

Well, no one would like to be deaf. Watching the video reminds us that we have something precious that we should be thankful of.

Rajib @ SEO for Blog October 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

So wonderful. This is the kind of video that should go viral – spreading humanity’s joy :)

PPC Ian October 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

That’s for sure, great video John. Very great news! So happy for Sarah, now that’s really excellent news.

Erwin Miradi October 3, 2011 at 12:00 am

Yeah I’m happy for Sarah too. That video should go viral.

Lalit October 4, 2011 at 8:02 am

I fully agree with you. Excellent video and it must go viral.

Dealbulous October 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm

i would drop my tears if this is gonna happen to me…. really :(

MEGAVIDEO Online October 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm

gift of civilization. Gift from God.

Pam Britton October 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

This woman’s joy is profound. Thanks, John, for sharing this video today. We who have the gift of hearing are fortunate.

Best Online Products October 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm

like being born again with a perfect hearing :)

Property Marbella October 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

Not really, but pretty close, according to her doctor. :)

Post free ads October 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

That’s great man, it is God gift.

Post free ads October 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm

God gift really

Rajib @ SEO for Blog October 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

Whats going on?? Same comment dude.

Erwin Miradi October 3, 2011 at 12:05 am

He posted the comments for different links I see. Since John approved them, I think it means it’s allowed here. Hmm..

Auto Forex Trading October 5, 2011 at 3:36 am

I think, he is trying to spam little bit. Very close comment is also below.

abdullah October 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm

ya man really god gift thanks for information

Erwin Miradi October 2, 2011 at 1:08 am

That’s touching. I can’t imagine myself in her position. It’s like being born once again. Good for her.

Property Marbella October 2, 2011 at 1:16 am

Technology will be used to help humanity and not create more wars, that is why we welcome progress like Sarah Churman.

fas October 2, 2011 at 6:53 am

That is such a touching moment for her.

Justin | Mazzastick October 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

Hey John,
I saw this story on AOL the other day. It is truly awesome that humans are able to create solutions to problems that many are experiencing.

I couldn’t imagine being deaf, her reaction to hearing herself for the first time is priceless.

Make Money Helper October 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Yeah, her reaction was very close to bring out a tear in my eye. Really happy for her.

Ginene October 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Wow she sounds really good. I would have never guessed that she couldn’t hear before this video.

Erwin Miradi October 3, 2011 at 12:09 am

I actually didn’t read the article well before playing the video so I kind had no idea too. But I can tell by her reaction that it was the first time she can hear her own voice. I’m happy for her.

mike reynolds October 3, 2011 at 3:21 am

Truely fantastic story. It’s amazing what we can do with technology now

Joy Smith aka The Insane Writer October 3, 2011 at 7:34 am

Aww. what a wonderful moment for her and her family!!!!

Nursing Classes October 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

This video is very moving. I am happy to live in an era where technology can make such advances and change people’s life.

It says she has been wearing hearing aids since childhood. I guess she did hear something before with these hearing aids, otherwise I would imagine it would be difficult for her at first to understand people speaking to her: It would take time for the mind to learn how translate the new signals of sound to something meaningful.

Whitney October 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I saw this on FB, this was so touching I actually got teary eyed!

Scott October 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

This is amazing. So happy for her.

David October 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Nice too see something good happening for a change…

Auto Forex Trading October 5, 2011 at 3:33 am

Really impressive. Hope, that technology will help not one thousand of people.

Cheolsu October 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

This is so good to hear. It was a very touching video.

chris October 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

another miracle created by hard working sceintists, god had nothing to do it.

Ritesh @ TechSpacia October 13, 2011 at 4:53 am

there is many things in this word which is priceless but we never think about it. See this example. How priceless you own voice is?
Lesson I learn from this story is respect every thing, every person, every moment — all are precious and priceless

facebook clone October 14, 2011 at 5:04 am

Its really amazing the woman will be so happy thanks to the creator

Olivier Vasquez November 7, 2011 at 3:43 am

Aw man; this is cool stuff to wake up to… I’m a tad overwhelmed. The first thing I thought is: “Man her speech is well leveled and coherent,” but then I read the quote that you posted… This is cool, I will share this video with my friends on G+