12/30/2011 01:29 am ET Updated Feb 28, 2012

'NY Ink': Sarah Talks About Implant That Restored Her Hearing (VIDEO)

Working in a tattoo parlor can be a lot like working as a bartender or a hair stylist. When people are in that chair, they tend to open up about their lives. Sometimes it's to vent frustrations, but sometimes it's to share amazing stories of modern miracles. That was Sarah Churman's story on "NY Ink" (Thu., 9 p.m. EST on TLC).

Simply by happenstance, her husband heard about the Esteem hearing implant, a surgery that would implant what she described as "an inner ear prosthesis" and restore hearing. So they talked about it, and then his widowed mother decided that she wanted to use her savings to pay for Sarah's surgery.

While it may be the obvious answer, Sarah said the sound of her daughters' voices is her favorite in this new hearing world she finds herself in. The independence of not needing her husband as an interpreter has given her self-confidence a boost as well.

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