Sunday, October 16, 2011

"I can hear myself crying!"

Thanks to Brian Fies of The Fies Files who forwarded me this very moving video of a 29-year-old woman, deaf from birth, having her cochlear implant activated.

When I got activated, everybody in the room cried, including the audiologist. She told me that everyone who does this keeps a box of tissues on their desk. In fact, that was one of the first full sentences I heard.

Brian wondered how she could understand and respond to the audiologist if she had been deaf from birth. The video description says she reads lips, and she has obviously been taught to speak. (This is done with intense speech therapy and the use of mirrors to help teach the proper lip and tongue position to make letters and sounds). Her speech is so good, though, that I suspect her "limited use of hearing aids" has given her more to work with than the phrase would suggest.

A lovely video I'm glad I got to see.


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Blogger Brian Fies said...

As I said privately, I appreciate your thoughts and insight on this. Whatever her situation, it's very moving.

12:04 p.m.  
Blogger Michelle said...

Sound is measured in units called decibels. On the decibel scale, an increase of 10 means that a sound is 10 times more intense, or powerful. To your ears, it sounds twice as loud. The humming of a refrigerator is 45 decibels, normal conversation is approximately 60 decibels, and the noise from heavy city traffic can reach 85 decibels. Sources of noise that can cause NIHL include motorcycles, firecrackers, and small firearms, all emitting sounds from 120 to 150 decibels
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7:10 a.m.  
Anonymous Hearing said...

That is absolutely amazing.
The fact that her cochlea started working and she could understand the words is astounding.

10:33 a.m.  
Anonymous audiologists said...

Hearing today is all about Technology and the advances seen in recent years. It has been created to house up-to-date discussion on hearing aids. There is a link between the two it could possibly be because of two reasons. One, those who develop hearing loss as they get older tends to be more socially isolated and less active.

8:57 a.m.  

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