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sunestate
Just saying whats really on my mind.
03:10 AM on 06/03/2012
This is a sweet video. Adorable little boy. I love happy news!
08:39 PM on 06/02/2012
A nice story for a change,,,, well done
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dil123
My micro-bio screams for justice!!
07:02 PM on 06/02/2012
Wow these things are like some kind of miracle. I love the way Cooper kept looking at the people in the room and acting really really surprised every time he heard a new sound. It was just so cute.
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WoolyBumblebee
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08:34 PM on 06/02/2012
No miracle, just science. And it's awesome!
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peegan
My mermaid returned to the sea.
01:40 AM on 06/03/2012
I apologize in advance, but this has irritated me for a while. The word miracle has more than one meaning and not all are attached to the supernatural. It can simple mean an extraordinary event that exceeds expectations. And the term is also used in medicine quite frequently (ex.: miracle drug, one that produces extraordinary results) But for some reason there seems to be a group of people that have to jump  at every time they see this word used.  Stop it. It is tiresome, it is rude, and you don't look very well informed.
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10:16 AM on 06/03/2012
A miracle of science. Something that twenty or so years ago was nearly unimaginable as being available to anyone.
06:38 PM on 06/02/2012
Good for Cooper. Way to go little guy.
06:28 PM on 06/02/2012
Science FTW!
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Roommate
Compounding Money, Cause Seed > Effect Tree
06:23 PM on 06/02/2012
Can he talk?
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see-ellen2001
01:03 AM on 06/03/2012
Roommate: kids need to hear to naturally learn to talk. He will have auditory verbal therapy to work with the CI and to learn to talk.
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05:58 PM on 06/02/2012
I can't stop smiling
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03:27 AM on 06/03/2012
And I couldn't stop tearing up! :)
01:47 PM on 06/02/2012
C'mon....do your research. Implants do NOT 'allow you to regain most of your hearing"! ..if the kids was prelingually deaf, he never 'heard'...the technology enables you to "hear"...ie. process auditory language by virture of a tonotopic electronic device...it actually destroys any remnant of the cilia in his cochlea. I've worked with implanted kids (who had it done at like 12-16 months) who function on grade level...speaking, hearing, writing and reading linear English just like the rest of their peers, so it is amazing and life-changing. Deaf Culture as many know it will mosly disappear in the near future. Sad but true...and probably what's best for children growing up in a hearing world.
05:23 PM on 06/02/2012
lol.
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Claudia Deafmute
08:57 PM on 06/02/2012
Agreed. It's best for deaf kids going up able to hear and function in a hearing world.

No need for anyone to endure a lifetime of deafness and of limited communication ability. ASL is wonderful, but not enough. Being a deaf-mute is living a life of constant struggle and isolation, and should only be so because no advanced technology existed years ago. If they have it now, let the kids hear and enjoy life...It's not about culture, it's about possibility to advance in life.
09:36 PM on 06/02/2012
Right on...sad in a sense, but true
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see-ellen2001
11:07 PM on 06/02/2012
Claudia: the term deaf-mute is no longer used generally. Deaf people by and large are not mute; their voice still works.
11:52 AM on 06/02/2012
This makes me so happy.
Kinda cancels out all the zombie news.
Makes me want to start believing in humanity again:)
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Nancy Benefiel
Our nation's children are assets not threats
11:14 AM on 06/02/2012
Blindness separates you from things. Deafness separates you from people. In this time of so much sorrow and hatred, this video was a joy. Thanks
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myj
05:35 PM on 06/03/2012
I saw a man in a store with both blind and deaf, his mother communicated with him by doing with his hand over her...

I was born hearing impaired and fooled many people because I am able to talk. I am thinking about getting the cochlear on my right ear first to see how well it work with me. My hearing have gotten worst, so I must do something quick.
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Riley Pacheco
Seattle area native working in Afghanistan.
11:01 AM on 06/02/2012
How can someone not be moved by this?
01:04 PM on 06/02/2012
What I see is a child who was deprived of a complete language. He just sits there dumbfounded the whole time. It's a shame that they waited until he got a cochlear implant in order to acquire a language.

A child who doesn't acquire a language within the first five years is more than likely to become an adult who is functionally illiterate. This YouTube clip plays on people's emotions. It's easy to sit there and shed a few tears since they are not aware of what they are looking at.
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Riley Pacheco
Seattle area native working in Afghanistan.
01:20 PM on 06/02/2012
Thank god we have geniuses like you pointing us in the right direction.
01:56 PM on 06/02/2012
Horse crap....I teach hearing impaired kids...'functionally illiterate"? His language development will likely be DELAYED...and he'll need remediation. If his parents got him implanted, I'll bet "more than likely" he'll get the support he'd need to catch up. Easy to be the cynic. I've worked with Deaf teens who lived a practically FERAL existence in South America, and once you start pumping sign language into their mind...they suck it up like a SPONGE..and the bright ones develop quite an impressive level of functional literacy,,,Dude!
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see-ellen2001
09:25 PM on 06/05/2012
Riley: I enjoy a cute kid I'm not moved though. I would be moved if I saw this little guy SIGNING to his mum, "what's that?"..." something. What has he had as far as communication for the last two years?
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Spike5
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10:34 AM on 06/02/2012
My aunt lost her hearing as a young woman. It had been getting worse over the years and finally she could hear absolutely nothing. Hearing aids didn't help at all. She had a husband who was very supportive and friends who included her in all their activities, but she was still so isolated from the world at large and so dependent on having someone accompany her for many ordinary tasks that required the ability to interact with the hearing world.

All the people saying that hearing aids are just as good or even superior are clearly the lucky ones. they don't work at all for many people.

I understand that there is a deaf subculture that has grown up around ASL and its use. But I truly cannot understand why anyone would willingly give up the option of hearing sounds. No one seems to think that restoring eyesight is a mistake or the sense of smell or taste or touch. Only this one sense is considered unnecessary. I know how much joy my aunt missed out on and I only wish this had been a possibility during her lifetime.
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Claudia Deafmute
09:05 PM on 06/02/2012
You are a keen observer about your aunt's life and the struggles she has faced due to being completely deaf. Hearing aids don't help, ASL has limited use among the Deaf only...In the large world, being deaf (and usually also mute) means isolation, and dependency on intepreter and translation...to interact with the world...and not everyone in the world is kind or patient enough to accomodate a (complete) deaf-mute. And obviously I use the term deaf-mute with absolute respect...That's why I wish technology existed years ago....you know like in the 50's and 60's, but it did not...
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see-ellen2001
12:19 PM on 06/03/2012
Spike5: your aunt was a young woman when she lost herb hearing. That experience is very different than someone born deaf or becoming deaf as an infant. One has life experience and language experience as a functioning hearing person. The other has the same, but as a deaf person. For a hearing adult to become deafened is very difficult. But there are many many Deaf people whose life-identity is being deaf so the outlook is different.
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Spike5
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04:51 PM on 06/03/2012
Helen Keller once said that she would choose hearing over eyesight if she could only regain one. You recall that she lost both when she was very young.

To have one's identity wrapped up in the loss of a sense goes against everything we believe about every other handicap today. A person who cannot see is not primarily a blind person. He is someone who cannot see, and no one seems to think that should be his primary identification. The same with a person who cannot use his arms or legs. He is not a paraplegic, he is a person who copes with the difficulties and not someone who thinks they validate his life. Should a child born blind not be offered the chance to see or one with paralysis not be offered the chance to use his arms and legs? Only with deafness do we encounter the claim that it is better to miss out on full use of one's senses.
08:01 AM on 06/02/2012
I absolutely love the little boy in this video. He is just too adorable. I wish him all the best and a very happy future. God bless him.
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WoolyBumblebee
Creator of TruthAndOblivion.com
08:36 PM on 06/02/2012
God? It was science that helped him.
10:35 PM on 06/02/2012
Why don't you try reading my comment again. Maybe you'll understand it the second time around.
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Jonzi624
'Wisdom begins in wonder' - Socrates
05:02 AM on 06/03/2012
Why do people insist on forcing their beliefs on others??? If you're not a believer in God, then fine... and it's also fine that others DO believe. I just get so frustrated when people consider others to be stupid or whatever it is that they think about believers. And I also get very annoyed when people don't respect those who do not believe. It goes both ways.

Having said all of that, I do agree with you that science is what helped him and should be given a lot of credit for pursuing this treatment for deafness. I also think it was quite kind-hearted for islandgirl56 to want God to bless him.
07:58 AM on 06/02/2012
Obama's economic stimuls plan?
08:01 AM on 06/02/2012
Opps, sorry wrong article. Please disregard.
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wincek101
Always look on the bright side of the abyss
08:57 AM on 06/02/2012
Tool.
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jaymetal
I will always love you little one. Chad 2001-2012
07:39 AM on 06/02/2012
What a cutie.. Best of fortune to him.