Sarah Churman, Deaf Woman, Hears Herself For First Time (VIDEO)
UPDATED Oct. 1, 2011 12:48 a.m.
Sarah Churman, 29, was born deaf. Until recently, she had never heard the sound of her own voice. But thanks to a hearing implant, 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 Churman hears herself speaking for the first time.
Back in June, another touching video captured baby Jonathan who, after receiving a similar hearing implant, was able hear his mother's voice for the first time.
CORRECTION: This post initially said the young woman's name was Sloan instead of Sarah. sloanchurman is the name of the YouTube channel from which she posted.