It was an emotional moment for 29-year-old Sarah Churman when she heard her own voice for the first time. Sarah was fitted with a state-of-the-art hearing implant, having spent her whole life in virtual silence.
Her husband decided to film her as nurses turned on the implant. She posted the video on YouTube and wrote underneath: “I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time.”
At the end of the video, when asked if she wants to hear her husband’s voice, she can only cry even more, pressing a tissue over her face as her husband is heard chuckling with happiness. Sarah will also now be able to hear her three-year-old daughter’s voice.
The implant was that of Esteem, offered by Envoy Medical. The Esteem implant is embedded in the ear and works through ear drum vibrations, unlike most hearing aids, which use microphones and speakers.