29-Year-Old Deaf Woman Hears For The First Time

Submitted by: benchurchill 5 years ago Science

Born deaf and just received a hearing implant.
There are 87 comments:
Female 105
@JustDani: When the nurse said "Can you hear me? Can you hear your voice?" at around :56 in, the "patient" had her eyes completely covered with her hand.

So much for "reading lips".
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Female 409
it was in the news a couple days ago, haters. For those of you who can`t understand how she would know what the other person was saying? She`s probably been reading lips her whole life. Sheesh. Anyways, that`s super awesome! :) I`m happy for her.
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Male 319
Complete BS. I went to school with a kid that had a hearing implant and he STILL couldn`t talk well. He had it on for years too.
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Male 1,364
these videos always make me cry.
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Male 391
Video is horrendously drated.
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Female 20
I find it weird that she can understand what the lady is saying. Wouldn`t it just be garble to her if she`s never heard what anything has sounded like?
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Female 3,727
I`m not even going to get into a debate. That video was very touching. I think I had some mist around my eyes. Kudos to her!
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Male 32
Honestly, what CreamK says makes sense...NO ONE who has been born completely deaf can speak that clearly...
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Male 13
@CreamK gotta agree bout the not deaf from birth thing but for a simpler reason, while she is crying and covering her eyes the woman says "can you hear me?" and she understands and nods,if she has never heard before how could she understand this without being taught what the sound for each of those words were? she was covering her eyes so couldn`t have been lip-reading at the same time, and I`m pretty sure she couldn`t work out what a word sounds like from having spoken it, that seems pretty dumb to me.
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Female 30
Wow, pretty much half the comments on YT are calling it fake because she can speak English. Are people really that dumb? dratING AMERICANS, Y U SO DUMB?
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Male 93
@creamK please just shut up, no one cares and you are extremely boring
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Male 1,421
Just look at any Superhero origin story... it takes them at least two strips and one near destroying-the-universe scale mistake (that usually kills the heros girlfriend/uncle/mom/cat) until he learnes how to protect the humanity from Current Evil Genius.
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Male 1,421
In no way was she born deaf. She described the first sound as peeping. If your brain is not used to dealing with sound information, there can be no association to high pitched sounds. Also she can talk very well, that aural feedback takes babies months to master and without it, well listen to born deaf person talking; konsonants are round and uncontrolled. Even fully developed brain that has the connections but has not used them, is gonna take more than nanoseconds to function well.

Don`t doubt the story as a whole, just that this girl learned to talk while she still had hearing. But it wouldn`t be the first in I-A-B that the post title is totally wrong.. It`s happening more and more, have to keep looking whhich is the worst poster that constantly hypes the titles out of reality to get more clicks...
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Male 448
Steelgrid: deaf people feel music, that is true, but when you look at it closely, they feel mostly the bass (wich is to be expected, just look at your own experiences when going to clubs), and they feel it mostly through their feet (via the ground) and the chest (via the air).
Before someone says I am talkinng nonsense, half my family is in deaf in a higher or lower degree, and we did go out. Especially to place that had the best bass speakers.
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Male 448
demster: they don`t give cochlear implants to people with the hearing problems you describe. Cochlear implants are usually for people that have almost no hearing and even then it must be that the nerves still have to be functional.
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Male 60
transhumanism for the win.

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Male 14,775
Looks like they ran out of hearing implants and had to use the orgasm implants.
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Male 15,832
Pure win!

It`s really sick, though, that there are a bunch of deaf liberals who oppose cochlear implants for children because they think they should remain part of the "deaf community."
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Female 172
beautiful
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Male 15,510
Science FTW
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Female 179
She`d only need to lip read only a few words to get what the nurse/technician was talking about. Also, we don`t know exactly how deaf she was. She may have been able to hear any degree of vibration or pitch but not actually hear anything clearly at all.
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Male 12,365
[quote">Man, I cried as well. I wish that blind people can receive same experience soon.[/quote">

People are working on that. Artificial vision systems have been implanted in people and have worked to a limited extent.

Earliest example that I know of - 2002

That one failed later due to problems with infection, but prototypes exist of more advanced systems that are wireless through the skull, removing the need for the cranial sockets that were the infection risk. They embed into the brain, which reduces the current needed and therefore the risk of seizures. They should give better vision, too, since they allow for more data to be carried from a larger number of sensors.

You might see a day when "blind" people have better than normal human sight. Artificial sight can easily incorporate things like night vi
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Male 985
Medical Advancements FTW
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Male 12,365
[quote]If she`s deaf, how does she understand and speak English when she has never heard a word spoken or heard in her life, fake.[/quote]

It`s possible for people who are deaf and were born deaf to learn a spoken language. It`s much more difficult because they don`t have any feedback, but it is possible.

I`ve never heard any person deaf and born deaf speaking so clearly, though.

Understanding spoken English without being able to lipread (she had her hands over her face, was crying and wasn`t looking at the speakers face anyway)...I have no idea how that could be done. Sure, a person deaf and born deaf can understand English. They`d have to in order to be able to read (lips or text) English. But *spoken* English alone, seconds after hearing for the first time ever? I don`t see how.
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Male 65
@pennsy357
Really? Deaf people can learn how to read lips and also be taught speech patterns in order to learn to speak... like bataleon27 said, she`s deaf, not stupid.
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Male 1,178
"Her husband should have farted. And then say that`s the way we greet people."

She was deaf, not a drating retard. She`s not naive to every way of life, she just couldn`t hear...
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Male 7
If she`s deaf, how does she understand and speak English when she has never heard a word spoken or heard in her life, fake.
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Male 594
So touching. Lots of touching links on
IAB today. Loving it. Thanks whoever posted this!

Long live medical advancements.
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Male 573
fake
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Male 14,330
She`s a cutie now that she has hearing I`d like to invite her over to have some wine and listen to Barry White by the fire.
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Male 25,416
that is awesome
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Male 541
awww, she`s cute.
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Male 38
i`d hit it
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Male 525
This should be classified as "Awwwwww of the day."
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Male 2,700
I am reading alot of comments about "how could she understand the words?"

While not deaf myself, I have an aunt that works with special needs children. In my experience, even though they cant "hear" you when you talk, they can still feel pressure in the eardrums. Beethoven was like this. I also have a couple of deaf friends, one of which says he prefers metal over any other music because he can feel it.

I am explaining this because after 29 years, the woman is probably automatically applying that feeling of pressure, along with what she knows a word is supposed to sound like (thats how they can learn to talk) and simply put one and one together.

As far as speaking clearly, thats all a matter of training. If she had someone there to tell her that she said a specific word with a list or forgot a vowel, then over time she would learn to correct her speech based on feeling and pressure.

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Male 886
Thats so cute I just want to roll her up and put her in my penis.
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Male 358
Incidentally, that whole harlequin fetus condition is what causes Reptile to look like a lizard in the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie. At least, if they carry on with the ideas in the Mortal Kombat Rebirth "trailer."
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Male 51
@ evanbartlett
The caption says born deaf.

She does speak very clearly for someone who was born deaf however...

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Male 4,547
Incidentally, below description taken basically from this concept. Just cos you reminded me of harlequins.
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Male 4,547
Response to harlequins.

Are you currently being torn apart and reconstituted in an everlasting void, devoured and regurgitated by the immense evils of the chaos, and forced forever to endure the soul wrenching horrors, dreamt up in the nightmares of long dead alien gods?

Any maximum level of challenge associated with our world, will always be treated with the same level of disdain by those treated that way.

TL;DR: If the worst thing that happened on earth ever, was that we were occasionally tickled by butterflies, that would be the horror you would be demanding justification for.
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Male 559
Re: a lot of people who are wondering why she understood the spoken words:: quite a few early or mid-life conditions or injuries can cause someone to become deaf. She likely was able to hear for some portion of her life. So, the "for the first time" comment is likely untrue. But it`s still magical and amazing. Science, making the word a better place to live for over 400 years!
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Male 759
Feel good.
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Male 27
How could she talk correctly before this?
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Male 246
Nice. But, how did she know what the words sounded like, if she had never heard them? How did she immediately understand what was being said, even with her eyes closed?
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Male 108
@Musuko42: You proved my point better than I ever could.

@RyanHake: You really need to open your eyes and see reality straight in it`s god ugly face!
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Male 2,440
Yeah, I`m with Musuko42 on this one, RyanHake.

In other news, dontcha just wanna hug her?
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Male 5,314
what kinda music is she into?
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Male 2,850
@RyanHake

Do a google image search for "harlequin foetus" and then, after you`ve finished wretching, go right ahead and explain why your god would feel it necessary to inflict that kind of "challenge" upon the world.
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Male 1,526
Her husband should have farted. And then say that`s the way we greet people.
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Male 6,737
Awesome.
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Male 2,690
@Zagger, not that I want to change the topic of these comments but in response to you trying to make someone else`s comment false: Yes man created the device to give her hearing back, but God gave her a huge obstacle in her life that probably made her a lot stronger than she`d be without it, and I bet God had the intention of whoever invented hearing aids/implants etc doing so. So yes, God is good.
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Male 37,910

@ Aedran, yes I can. But that`s because MY ears work...hers didn`t.
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Female 146
and aedran....what you`re thinking of is a conductive hearing loss, usually someone that needs a hearing implant has a sensorineural hearing loss, which means that even if her ears were plugged up she still wouldn`t hear anything because her cochlea isn`t responding to sound AT ALL, from any source, whether it comes from inside your head or outside of it....
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Female 146
you can be classified as clinically deaf and still have some hearing.....you would expect that maybe her speech would be somewhat muddled but we don`t have to whole senario, maybe she wasn`t really born deaf, maybe something happened
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Female 295
@Gerry1of1,
Next time you talk, put earplugs in. Can you hear yourself?
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Male 243
Maybe she was partially deaf so she could hear some words before, that`s how she understand the woman??? Just a thought... I dunno.
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Male 405
I was watching my favorite show Little House on the Prairie the other day, anyway, Adam who`s blind, is married to Mary and one day Adam got himself blown up by some nitroglycerin and got his sight back he was really happy but Mary didn`t like him as much anyway I`m going to watch the second part today. I really don`t know what this has to do with the original post.
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Male 37,910

Okay, I get it. She trained really really hard to speak well. Good for her.

But how did she learn to hear it? When the nurse says "how is that" how does the woman know what she said? She`s never heard english before.

um..... am I missing something obvious here?
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Male 541
I don`t understand how she`s able to tell what`s being said. She has her eyes closed so she`s not lip-reading, yet she understands everything the woman says. If you`ve been deaf your entire life, you wouldn`t know what each individual letter sounds like and how each word sounds, so when someone speaks it would just sound like alien jibberish, right?

Still, very cool video.
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Male 66
what if she cried because she had better expectation than what she heard
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Male 423
Many deaf people are good at reading lips and kinda synch it with sign language as most people who are not deaf but work with deaf people often still talk when they sign to them and I`m guessing that its just weird for her to actually hear the words instead of just seeing lips moving now.
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Male 108
"God is good"...???.??!!...???

God made her deaf. Man made her hear. I think she`s confused as to who is the good guy here...

As a side note. I to can`t understand how she`s able to understand what`s being said to her, if she never heard a word before. But I`m sure there`s a good explaination to that.
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Male 194
Man, I cried as well. I wish that blind people can receive same experience soon.

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Male 17,512
AJ: A neighbor two doors away, was totally deaf from birth, knew how to lip read and spoke very well.

Can`t tell you how many times I forgot he was deaf and yelled "How ya doin` ?" from two yards away only to realize he couldn`t possibly hear me, only a few moments later he`d look in my direction and wave at me, and I`d wave back.

It was uncanny that he just knew I`d said hi to him, can`t explain it.
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Male 3,425
Wow, must be such a weird experience. The first music she`ll hear will probably be Nicki Minaj on the car radio on the way home, how unfortunate.
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Male 808
fake or not, her sleeve tat is HOT as is she:)
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Male 1,442
@auburnjunky: You`re right, too much time on I-Am-Pessimist. Some deaf people can talk quite well.

She has another video posted on youtube. If you listen to when she speaks, it sounds slurred like a deaf person.
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Female 82
wow some ppl really need to get out more on here. she can speak and make sounds because they are taught to not only asl but how to mimic sounds and word patterns through lip reading just like any language is taught
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Female 1,001
I can understand that maybe she learnt to speak so well using books (see Aedran`s comment) however I`m more baffled at the fact she has an accent. Surely you pick those up from hearing?

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Male 10,339
"only thing I can say is `God is good`."

Uh oh. She is now vilified here and will NOT be taken seriously.

Let the flames begin.
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Female 295
@carmium, I don`t see her doing signing. Plus she`s married to a hearing and has a daughter who can hear. Plus, you feel the vibrations of your vocal chords when you talk (and she had hearing aids which help a little bit). If she practiced, she could easily learn the spoken language.
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Female 2,674
Yeah, I agree she wouldn`t be able to understand what they were saying....

Also- I agree with ggolbez, I know a bit about the Deaf Community in the US, and they are a very proud and tight-knit group of people who don`t see deafness as a disability, but kind of as an elite club. Very interesting stuff.
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Female 6,381
I have to add to auburnjunky`s comment that if you`ve never heard spoken language, only signing and perhaps lip reading, wouldn`t the comments of the tech be just so much babble? It seems dubious.
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Female 295
@Gerry1of1, this is what she said:

"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`."
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Male 10,339
I dunno. Maybe it`s just me. She`s too well spoken for me to believe she was totally deaf until this very moment.

Maybe I`m just too pessimistic from hanging around here for so long.

At any rate, congrats to her. Awesome technology.
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Female 295
@ggolbez,what gives your teacher the right to be ashamed? It`s her life. If she wants to hear, that is totally her choice. No one else has the right to judge.
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Male 37,910

If she`s never heard her voice, how did she learn to talk? I know, some deaf people can speak...poorly. And how would she know English words?

just curious
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Male 7,378
I have never heard a deaf person speak so well. Somethings odd here.
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Male 86
@ Aubrnjunkey

Deaf can can taught to speak clearly, it just takes lots of practice, though they usually don`t sound as well as her.

I`m currently learning ASL (although I can hear just fine) and this is just very cool. She would be an awesome interpreter if she can hear well because of the implant or whatever she did.

Her understanding of sign and the deaf community would just be awesome. She could help a lot of people :)

Also, you`d be surprised at how many deaf don`t even know ASL, or can`t read. How they get through life is beyond me, but they do it :)
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Male 741
if she was deaf, how did she know what spoken language sounded like or meant? please explain.
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Male 153
Thats awesome and shes cute too.
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Male 535
Technology rocks.

I can`t imagine what that would be like - to hear after never being able to.

Awesome.
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Male 10,339
She speaks awwwwwwfully well for being born deaf. I`ma hafta reluctantly call shenanigans.
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Male 1,931
My American Sign Language teacher would be ashamed of her. But it is a bit heart warming to see this.
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Male 878
That was very moving.
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Male 953
Born deaf I doubt it...She talks a little to well for a deaf person.... I`m just saying.
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Male 23
Link: 29-Year-Old Deaf Woman Hears For The First Time [Rate Link] - Born deaf and just received a hearing implant.
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