Woman, deaf since 2, hears for first time (video)

A woman who lost her hearing at the age of two, but could still hear somewhat with hearing aids, then found that she was losing even the ability to hear with the hearing aids.  So she and her husband decided it was time to try a cochlear implant.  The results were remarkable.


Here’s her husband describing their situation on YouTube:

My wife lost her hearing when she was 2.5 years old. Doctors told her family she would never be able to talk. She was able to hear for a while with hearing aids. When I meet her she was still able to hear with the aid of hearing aids. We got married and slowly I noticed her hearing getting worse. We tried new hearing aids and nothing seemed to help. The doctors suggested that we think about the cochlear implant. At the time my son just came into the world, so we both decided it would be best to wait. Two years later we said now is a good time to do it… This is the video of the device getting turned on for the first time. The following day she was out side with my son and heard a noise and my son who is 2.5 said birdie tweet tweet. We just want every one to know how well these things work.



Start watching the video from about 2 minutes in – I’m trying to set it up so it starts there:

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  • I have a friend who is in the same situation, and when I asked he said that the implant essentially destroys the remaining hearing in that ear, so they generally consider anyone who can still make use of hearing aids to not be a good candidate.

    I haven’t read much about the stem cell therapies, but I’m sure it would depend entirely on the type of hearing loss.

  • cole3244

    very touching, dam that science it always proves the doubters wrong.

  • Deaf Guy

    “she would never be able to talk. She was able to hear for a while with hearing aids” It’s B.S. I am Deaf and i speak very well. I never wear hearing aid for all my life. I believe that her doctor was wrong. I don’t believe cochlear implants. I am not a white rat. I’m pride deaf person.

  • Chris Burgess (Mr)

    Cochlear implants. A great Australian invention.

  • Drew2u

    My older sister would be deaf without hearing aids but she has heard that she wouldn’t hear as well with cochlear implants (I think that’s what she said), and that she’s not a candidate for either that or a different treatment.
    Wasn’t there something about stem-cell therapy that was shown to be helping to regain hearing in deaf persons?

  • jharp

    My daughter has 2 cochlear implants. One for about 10 years and one for 15 years.

    And has done extraordinarily well with them.

    Would like to share our story with this nice lady privately.

    Is there an e mail address for her?

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