Tagged: hearing loss

Watch as a deaf woman hears her voice for the first time

We can’t tell you much about the woman in this video other than what she says about herself on her YouTube page:

I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :)

But I think once you’ve watched the video, you’ll agree that we don’t need to know anything else. Her emotional reaction to hearing herself cry, speak and then laugh for the first time in her life is so genuine and profoundly moving I think it won’t be long before this video becomes one of the web’s most watched.

It’s easy for us to get caught up in the never-ending cycle of the latest smartphones, tablets and other gadgets, many of which we often refer to as “magical.” But if you really want to see magical technology, look no further…


Update, Sunday Oct 2, 12:29 am
Judging from the comments, it seems that many folks have taken the headline (which was pulled from the woman’s own words) too literally. Just because she was deaf from birth, doesn’t mean she never heard a word anyone ever said to her. She apparently has used hearing aids most of her life. Likewise, just because she says she’s hearing her voice for the first time, doesn’t mean she’s never heard it *at all*, it could simply mean she’s never heard it with the assistance and extra clarity of her new implant. I’ve yet to find any credible evidence that this video is a hoax as some have suggested and can’t understand why anyone would want to create such a hoax (a fake reaction video to a hearing implant?). That said, if you think you have proof, please post below in the comments. – S.C.

[Source: BoingBoing]