Deaf woman hears her voice with new hearing implant

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(CBS) - For all the videos we post here at The Feed, it's rare to capture a truly life-changing moment like the one above. Sarah Churman is a 29-year-old woman who was born deaf and has relied on hearing aids her whole life - though she writes, "hearing aids only help so much." That all changed when she received an Esteem hearing implant. Her husband shot this heartwarming video of activating her implant and "hearing myself for the first time."

Sarah writes on her YouTube channel: "I had an implant put in 8 weeks ago called The Esteem Implant by Envoy Medical. I was born deaf and have worn hearing aids from the age of 2, but hearing aids only help so much. I have gotten by this long in life by reading lips. This was taken as they were activating the implant."

The high-tech Esteem implant is embedded in her ear and works off of ear drum vibrations, unlike most hearing aids which use microphones and speakers. Sarah may have been able to hear some things before, but never like this. The joy and tears on her face can attest to that.

  • Bailey Johnson

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