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article imageWoman born deaf hears herself for first time (video)

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 1, 2011 in World
A 29-year-old woman who was born deaf recently heard herself for the first time, and her husband caught her reaction on film.
Sarah Churman had been using hearing aids since she was two years old, but an implant she received about eight weeks ago is allowing her to hear more than she ever has before.
As her husband records her reaction to hearing herself, Churman laughs and cries with happiness.
"I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant," she wrote under the video posted on YouTube. "This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :) Edit: For those of you who have asked the implant I received was Esteem offered by Envoy Medical."
Some commenters have questioned how she is able to speak so clearly, but Time quoted Churman as saying: “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.'”
Along with hearing aids, she has used lip reading to understand others.
The makers of the implant have posted the video of the activation on their website, with the heading "Esteem® Activation Video Goes Viral on YouTube".
Last year an eight-month-old boy was captured on video when his implants were turned on and he was able to hear his mother's voice for the first time.
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