Deaf Girl hears her own voice for the first time

Either I'm missing something, or this isn't legit. Some one whose been deaf all their life (as we can assume, since this is the "first time she's ever heard her own voice"), can NOT speak that well, if at all.

She didn't really speak too much and when she did it wasn't too clear, but deaf people can speak pretty well if either 1) they're lucky or 2) they have excess teaching. I'm not saying she had excess teaching, but to me she sounded like she had some speech problem to an extent.
 
Either I'm missing something, or this isn't legit. Some one whose been deaf all their life (as we can assume, since this is the "first time she's ever heard her own voice"), can NOT speak that well, if at all.

you are wrong, I still get comments from people saying I speak too good to be deaf. I spent years learning how to talk and lip read
 
I heard a slight impediment , it's kind of hard to distinguish but I did notice something there.
 
She's not COMPLETELY deaf - on her blog, she mentions wearing hearing aids:
All I've ever known for almost 29 years is hearing the way I do. I can't imagine hearing 'normal'. Not only that, but for 6 to 8 weeks while my ear and bones heal, the device is left 'off'. It's hard for me to explain, but only hearing out of one hearing aid makes me absolutely batty. It's disorienting, tiring, and it mentally wears me out. Having to strain more than I already do to hear out of just ONE hearing aid is the biggest part of my worry.
http://sarahchurman.blogspot.com/2011/07/oli-has-recently-changed-her-dinnertime.html

So she knows approximately what human speech must sound like, which is how she understands the nurse, but not well-enough to really HEAR anything, you know what I mean? It was probably just super-muffled for her before the implant, and her crying is realizing she can hear all the little details that we take for granted, like background street noise and hearing her husband taking a shower. And hearing what her voice really sounds like.

She wrote another blog post later about her experiences in "normal" hearing:
Real shocker was when she brought my salad and I started to eat. WOW was that loud..........eating a crouton is like fireworks going off. I was certain people 5 tables over were thinking 'you hear that cow chewing?' Sloan and Alexis assured me that no one could hear me chew.
http://sarahchurman.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-ear-in-his-heart.html

I've got to agree with her about the croutons. :funny:
 
It's nice to see stories like this on SHH versus the typical "Mom microwaves her kids" or "Man skins puppies to make daughter's prom dress" type of headlines that people post.
 
Aw, this is just such a touching video. In this world where people are into selfish desires there's nothing more heartening than seeing something as simple as a deaf person able to hear themselves and others for the first time.
 
It's nice to see stories like this on SHH versus the typical "Mom microwaves her kids" or "Man skins puppies to make daughter's prom dress" type of headlines that people post.

I agree with you. It's a heartwarming story that brings smiles. How nice that is.
 
hmmm, i ws with you guys originally but then i read some comments on youtube.

she does have her eyes covered at one point and does react to the nurses speech, which she would have never heard before.

there she says she read lips well and now there is mention of her not hearing well with one aid.

considering how no one asks what the device is and she advertises it on the comments to the video, i think its a crafty lil viral.

a touching one but still a crafty one.
 
I prefer this one, get your tissues ready!

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Yeah, agreed. Last January, I tried to use hearing aids. I hated it. It was too loud for me to even use it. When I entered to my kitchen, and tried to start cooking for dinner. I didnt handle that very well. Pot, pan, fork, knife, they were just too loud. Also during my lunchtime in my high school, it just killed me. lol

Also when I was using hearing aids..all I can hear was the "eeee"/muffing sound.

I rather wait for better and improved hearing aid.
 
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand there's the post that ruins the sweet and heartwarming thread that rarely pops up on here.
 
And that's how the cookie crumbles.
 
you are wrong, I still get comments from people saying I speak too good to be deaf. I spent years learning how to talk and lip read
If you're completely deaf, than you really couldn't have heard how clearly she was speaking; nor how well you speak, either. The only "impediment" was her crying. There was absolutely no vocal indication (pronunciation, inflection, head/throat/chest voice, etc) that she's been deaf all her life.

That being said, Anita18 pointed out that she was not completely deaf (which the video made it out to be), which would explain her ability to talk so perfectly.

November Rain brings up a good point as well. I don't think the video is legit. Touching yes, as the notion of a person overcoming their disabilities is, but I'm quite iffy on the validity of this video.
 
If you're completely deaf, than you really couldn't have heard how clearly she was speaking; nor how well you speak, either. The only "impediment" was her crying. There was absolutely no vocal indication (pronunciation, inflection, head/throat/chest voice, etc) that she's been deaf all her life.

That being said, Anita18 pointed out that she was not completely deaf (which the video made it out to be), which would explain her ability to talk so perfectly.

November Rain brings up a good point as well. I don't think the video is legit. Touching yes, as the notion of a person overcoming their disabilities is, but I'm quite iffy on the validity of this video.

I'm 98% deaf and do have a hearing aid and saw her on Today show and could hear her talk, she sound pretty good to me. The husband wasn't going tape the incident until his mother pushed him to do it so family and friends could see it.
 
If you're completely deaf, than you really couldn't have heard how clearly she was speaking; nor how well you speak, either. The only "impediment" was her crying. There was absolutely no vocal indication (pronunciation, inflection, head/throat/chest voice, etc) that she's been deaf all her life.

That being said, Anita18 pointed out that she was not completely deaf (which the video made it out to be), which would explain her ability to talk so perfectly.

November Rain brings up a good point as well. I don't think the video is legit. Touching yes, as the notion of a person overcoming their disabilities is, but I'm quite iffy on the validity of this video.

My girlfriend is an audiologist and when we watched the video the other day, I brought up the lack of a speech impediment. She told me with enough practice and "teaching" you'd be able to talk pretty well, that not all deaf people have the same speech impediment. The procedure they used is called a cochlear implant and costs a hell of a lot because it's basically brain surgery, if they were able to afford the procedure it stands to reason she was getting some great care up until this point.
 
understanding lip movements is one thing, but having your eyes closed and head down, how did she know what that women was saying.

could have been a bird chirping for all she knows.

being able to hear and understanding what those sounds mean are completely different.

technically, blindfolded, her hearing people talking for the first time should be like us trying to translate animal noises in the zoo.

the kid one does look real though, he was tripping.
 
understanding lip movements is one thing, but having your eyes closed and head down, how did she know what that women was saying.

could have been a bird chirping for all she knows.

being able to hear and understanding what those sounds mean are completely different.

technically, blindfolded, her hearing people talking for the first time should be like us trying to translate animal noises in the zoo.

the kid one does look real though, he was tripping.

She was taught to speak somehow though, taught how to make the sounds, taught language. Yes it would be very weird hearing people talk for the first time, but she had to have some understanding of language.
 
It's actually heartwarming for me for this girl to "regain" her hearing. As others have said, this is better than a lot of the other depressing or messed up stories posted on the Hype.
 
She was on the Ellen Show today, Ellen had a little gift for her.

 
She was on the Ellen Show today, Ellen had a little gift for her.



I don't really watch talk-shows but that was pretty cool; it's refreshing to see celebrities use their influence for beneficial purposes once in a while.

It was also interesting to hear her explain why she didn't have much (if any) speech impediment.

...and those kids were adorable.
 
I don't really watch talk-shows but that was pretty cool; it's refreshing to see celebrities use their influence for beneficial purposes once in a while.

It was also interesting to hear her explain why she didn't have much (if any) speech impediment.

...and those kids were adorable.
Ellen is the best. :awesome:
 

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