YouTube Video: Woman Hears Voice For First Time
The moving video of Sarah Churman, 29, hearing her own voice for the first time has created an Internet sensation.
Churman was born nearly deaf, and wore hearing aids from the age of two. But the external aids gave only a muffled, limited impression of the sounds around her.
The devices Churman received were instead installed directly into her middle ears to pick up, amplify, and transmit vibrations to the inner ear.
In the video, shot by her husband Sloan, Churman waits as the device is turned on. She whispers “It’s beeping,” laughs, and then cups a hand over her mouth as she begins to cry.
“I don’t want to hear myself cry,” she says, as she looks at her husband and begins to laugh again.
The original posting of the video on Sloan Churman’s YouTube account has received almost 6 million views, and over 58 thousand “likes.”
The Texan mother of two told The Today Show’s Matt Lauer that she was amazed at hearing her daughters, ages 18 months and 4. Of the eldest, she said, “She sounds so grown up and very articulate”
“And my youngest, I can hear the Texas accent in her voice,” Churman added.