• Auz_E

    Amazing technology is amazing.

    • MAX_POW

      She made me fucking cry…for crying out loud!

  • JohnAtell

    Brilliant. Made my morning that much better.

    • BleedC&B

      How did she speak so well

      • Machinist

        You do know how internet searches work, right? You have her name to go on from the Chive headline, thus:

        1. Go to google.com
        2. Input "Sarah Churman"
        3. Choose from hundreds of links to more info on her
        4. Weigh the sources for veracity
        5. At some point you come across the term "cochlear implant"
        6. Go to google.com
        7. Input "cochlear implant"
        8. Repeat steps 3 and 4
        9. Use above points for any new terms that seem interesting
        10. Keep calm and chive on!

        • vanilla

          I guess BleedC&B was asking how she learnt to speak if she has never heard anything, let alone languages/speech! of course, he can google that too!

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  • Joe King

    I call bullshit, there is no way that she could talk perfectly normal if she hadnt heard anyone talk before. I know many deaf people and when they talk you know something is not quite right.

    • waryee

      i see what you mean but i hope ur wrong :

    • Robert

      A lot of deaf people can still learn to speak with intense speech therapy, usually by feeling the vibrations of their vocal chords. Anyone remember Linda Bove, the deaf woman on Sesame Street? She was deaf, but could still speak pretty clearly. Didn't she teach you anything?

    • SilverShamrock

      I was thinking the same thing, I'd like to think this real, but…i see no way that someone without the ability to hear can speak with perfect enunciation the first time they hear sounds

      • Dan

        She barely said anything, are you a speech expert? Can you really judge her ability to speak off the few sentences she said? You must be very unhappy if you can't enjoy an inspiring video without pulling it apart.

    • Yeahsure

      i agree,if she has never heard sounds before how could she possibly even mimic speech or know what loud even is?Its more likely she lost her hearing after she learned how to speak,her speech is too perfect to be deaf from birth

    • Benny Maltese

      she wasn't totally deaf

    • B.Vowels

      I thought that when I first saw this, but after more reading it might be legit. The implant she got is for the middle ear, which is only for people with 40-90db hearing loss, as opposed to the more commonly known cochlear implant which is inner ear and for 90+db loss. So she's more hard of hearing than deaf, and definitely not profoundly deaf. Also, she had hearing aids her whole life, and speech therapy helps with pronunciation a lot. My sister had speech therapy for a large part of her life. She sounds "deaf", but is profoundly deaf (90+% loss), while this woman has less drastic hearing loss. Anyway, I think it's legit.

    • Laura

      I'm deaf and people say I talk perfectly normal… but of course it took about 17 years of intense speech therapy to learn how to talk and read lips 😉 so maybe this girl did the same thing.

      • Cartz

        Naw, Cause she has her hands over her eyes at 0:50 and nods when the woman asks 'can you hear me?'

        If its legit, she's definitely heard sounds before and has since lost her hearing. I'm inclined to believe its someone who lost her hearing and then regained it. Oscar calibre acting if it isn't legit.

    • xileus

      Hey Joe, is very easy to talk without knowing… My father is 65 years old, he had never heard nothing but he still talk very good, almost perfect. The only thing you can notice is an italian accent… He learnt with mirrors and great teachers.. also he is really smart but he can do it and I believe this girl also can speak very good despite her condition. Just believe man! There are many chances that my dad get that same surgery this year… If everything goes fine I'm planning to film his reactions… it will be awesome.

    • Katoun

      Are you deaf or something like that? Listen to 00:40 and she definitely talk like a person with a rearing disability…

    • RobBroad4th

      "I don't understand it, so it must be bullshit."

    • http://www.the3rdplug.com Jesper

      If you listen closely you'll notice her talking is heavy, not a lot of people get proper training but those who do and practice a lot can talk 90% like a normal hearing person, no scam there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wgrichardson William Richardson

      If that's fake, she deserves an oscar.

      • JustCanned

        It's not fake. It's simply miss captioned. She could not have been profoundly deaf since birth – and not because of her speech – but because at the 50 sec mark she covers her eyes, and hears the technician say "can you hear me?" Had she been truly deaf since birth, her brain would not yet know how to process the audio signals. Knowing English and knowing how to speak is not enough to train the brain to hear language.

        • Lev

          This is the most accurate response. If she was fully deaf, she would know how to create sounds with training, would know how to lip read, and of course read/write. But being able to interpret others' spoken word without lip reading would not be immediately possible. Not being a dick, just saying. It's still awesome.

          • Strangelove

            Totally agree. Just because she probably was not profoundly deaf or maybe lost hearing at some point early in life, does not change how profoundly earth shattering this would be for someone. Definitely put a smile on my face.

    • B45op

      Helen Keller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller go have a bit of a read she was born deaf and blind but managed to learn to talk, which is just amazing in my opinion.

      also as other comments have said she is not talking perfectly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sam.drinkall Sam Drinkall

      did your JOEK go a bit wrong? You bad man…

    • schnit123

      I had a friend who was born deaf who, as many people here have said, learned to speak fairly normally after years of practice. Her speech was not perfect, but you usually had to speak with her for a couple of minutes to notice something was off. And that's the thing, 2 or 3 minutes of continuous conversation – this girl speaks about twenty words and is crying the whole time, you cannot judge her speaking ability based on that. So maybe next time instead of being a raging asshole stop and think for a couple of minutes before you post because it is very clear that you have no clue what you're talking about.

    • joe

      i know what u mean but not all deaf people talk like that

    • V4Vendetta14

      The reason deaf people sound the way they do is because they have no aural feedback to help them discern pitch or tone. They can feel vibrations, and learn to speak based on those vibrations.

      This girl was no longer deaf. While I am surprised she spoke so well, you have proven yourself to be emotionally bankrupt for missing the point of this video.

    • http://www.facebook.com/drumuitar Shawn Martin

      You might want to know what you're talking about before spreading your non-existent wisdom. If you'd bother to read, she says she was born "severely to profoundly" deaf. With hearing aids she could hear somewhat, but everything sounded like it was underwater. She's 29 and that's a lot of time for therapy and training on how to work with what you have. She was on The Today Show today and it's obvious she has a hearing disability, even though she speaks very well. I have Muscular Dystrophy and could walk until I was 11. I broke my leg and wound up in a wheelchair. People I had known for years said I was faking because "how can you walk one day and not the next." The long & short of it is, you don't know what the hell life is like with a disability unless you have one. So if you want everyone to know how much of a moron you are, just keep talking.

      • Jay

        Sorry to hear about that. My father has MS (total different, but the suddenly never walking again thing is true). A disability is incomprehensible for those without a disability or grew up their whole lives with someone who did.

      • Dave

        Shawn: Thanks for the extra bit of info; the story above is pretty short on facts, and no link.

    • Dave

      I'd stop short of calling BS, just that somebody missed some pertinent info on the backstory for this girl. Even leaving the speech thing aside, if she'd been deaf since birth, how would she understand the sounds she's hearing? Your brain interprets electrical impulses from the ears and translates them to what we know & recognize as sounds; much like a language your brain learns. If her brain had never received any input from the ears there is no way her brain would automagically know what the impulses coming from the implant meant.

    • SuckMyBallls

      What a douche..

    • alvin

      i agree….i have a deaf cuz, the doc said he has no prob about his speech..so as soon as he had his first hearing aid he was really shocked and just trying to imitate everything he heard. nothing comes out from his mouth because he dont know enything about the speech we're having

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  • waryee

    wow i couldn't help but smile, good stuff guys.

  • https://www.facebook.com/xeque279 Sheikh Abdulrehman

    But how did she learn to speak ? O.o

    • Dave

      Because she's deaf, not retarded.

      • http://alessandropreti.altervista.org/ alessandro

        The correct question was: how did she learn to reproduce sounds she has never hear?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161990754 Matt Cavazos

      People are not always born deaf.

      • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161990754 Matt Cavazos

        Misread the "first time" part. Carry on.

    • Murf

      Even better, how did she understand the person talking to her if she's never heard sounds? All her experience with language is writing and signing. Spoken words would be gibberish to her.

  • Undershooter30

    That is really awsome and heartwarming. Btw she is kind of cute

  • DC22

    She was on the news, and she's not the first patient had this surgery done. She learned how to speak with therapy over the years. Do some research before commenting.

  • https://www.facebook.com/singhkanwar Kanwar Singh

    Not a chance. It's heart warming for sure. But deaf from birth is highly improbable. Her words / way of talking is near perfect. You can try to imitate by visualizing vocal cords but never to the degree as shown. More likely that she lost her sense of sound due to some accident earlier in life.

    • Peterson

      Maybe you should do some research before you make stupid comments (i.e. google her name).

      • https://www.facebook.com/singhkanwar Kanwar Singh

        It's not a stupid comment. The surgery and her getting her hearing back is fantastic. I just added that with her speech capability she was most probably postlingually deaf, not prelingually. Nothing else. Next time read what's written and understand it, before calling it anything.

        • Peterson

          point is you were wrong!

          • https://www.facebook.com/ericlmccormick Eric Leigh McCormick

            I would agree with him. As soon as I heard her say "I am going to cry" I knew it was impossible for her to have been deaf since birth. In high school I knew 2 deaf people, one was born deaf and other other lost it at an early age. It is just physically impossible for someone to have that clarity in speech and never have heard what they sound like.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1528091986 Chris Scharff

              Again, do some research people. That facts are out there.

      • Dapper_Dave

        yeah! and if it's on the Internet it MUST be true!!!

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  • Inviolability

    This made my night. Thanks chive
    not to mention, she is good looking, new chivette?

  • Jason Grace

    Just wait till she hears Rebecca Black's 'Friday'.

    • ThornyDevil

      Or Justin Bieber.

    • Obie Slice

      shell be crying again for different reasons

  • http://www.survivaltopics.com/forums/fun-room/21510-young-deaf-woman-hears-first-time.html#post300249 Young deaf woman hears for the first time

    […] time Wow, what a cool video- it's of a young deaf woman that just got a cochlear implant and hearing for the first time in her life! __________________ "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." -Mark Twain. […]

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    • V4Vendetta14

      Thanks that answers the nay-saying idiots above completely…

      "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'." -except from huff post article…

  • Mark

    Beautiful…. Just Beautiful….

  • http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/hilarious-funny-5.jpg 3 Day Time Machine

    you're all going to love whats happens here this week. We're doing so many things right this minute that you guys will get to see in a few days.

    • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

      Didn't…. you write the exact same thing 3 days ago already?
      All we got was Cat 'Fucking' Saturday! Not even SC!

      – the one you love to hate

    • http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/hilarious-funny-5.jpg 3 Day Time Machine

      wasn't me.
      I'm just messing with you. this is actually one i don't mind watching again, its a great video and everyone should see it.

  • Fuckingdanman

    Fuck you Joe king!!!!

  • Jdubs

    Science, fuck ya!

    • patov40

      Hell yeah to that. Thank you nerds and science geeks. You've earned your right to rule the world with advances like this!

  • Dantheloser

    Damn it, Chive! Making me cry like a little girl early in the morning…

  • Arkriverrat

    amazing video, but does anyone else think the lady is talking to her like she's a baby? i'm waiting to hear, who's a good girl? you are! yes you are!

  • Tom

    Oh SWEET! A video where some chick cries for a minute and a half. Can I have my minute and half of life back now?

    • heywoodjablowme

      no but you can have a go fuck yourself back for all eternity.

    • alessandro

      I think you'll give away all your life time, if you were like her…
      Anyway, you didn't consider that you wasted much more time by typing your stupid message…

    • Dantheloser

      No, but if you go see the wizard, you could probably get a heart!

    • germandoerksen

      you're a stupid ass man, that was amazing to watch. you can see the world light up when she hears for the first time. FUCK OFF YOU INCONSIDERATE ASS.

  • Ben

    Are you that Tom from Myspace?

    cuz you sound really fuckin' bitter man.

    That video was awesome

  • overload

    Send this girl a Chivette t-shirt, she deserves it. That's an un-fakeable reaction to something most of us will never understand.

    • V4Vendetta14

      Thank you for understanding the enormity of gaining the use of a sense we all take for granted…

  • Kris

    With all those tats, I'm going to assume she's into deaf metal.

    • heywoodjablowme

      OH SNAP!!

    • elziangate

      ok, i'll admit…i lol'd.

    • Dylan

      Just wait until her reaction video to hearing Iron Maiden for the first time

      • Kris

        She'll run to the hills!

    • Whippet

      Def Leppard!

      • Kris

        Get a photograph of that!

        God dammit, I hate being good at bad puns.

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  • merrowyerrow

    wow.. truly heartwarming

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