The video above captures an extraordinary moment. The Washington Post blog explains:
Sloan Churman was born deaf. She had never heard the sound of her own voice until, at 29, she was given a hearing implant made by a company called Envoy Medical. Churman has posted the incredible video in which she hears herself speaking for the first time.
Romans 12:15: “Rejoice with those who rejoice.”
(HT: Scot McKnight)
How do you explain why at 55secs when the woman says ‘Can you hear me’? whilst the girl has her hand over her eyes (so she can’t be lip-reading) she nods and says yes. How is that possible if this is the first time she has heard sound? How does she know what the sound ‘Can you hear me?’ means such that she can answer in the affirmative? She can’t be lip-reading because she has her head in her hands.
I wondered the same thing to henrybish, but then I wondered if it would have to do with the fact that she can likely read. That must have something to do with it. I’d be interested to know how that works.
While not wanting to take a single thing away from what was obviously a special moment for this lady, it’s really only a portion of the story. Millions of deaf people in the world communicate openly and freely without the need for surgery. Sign language is a beautiful thing, and in my opinion is made more fascinating due to its origins in the innate drive for communication that exists in people.
Even so, obviously a great moment for this lady. I’m thrilled for her sake.
I saw this video a couple days ago… my wife and I agreed, there is no way she was born deaf or had never heard her voice before. She talks way too well for that.
Oh, and Henry makes a good point too. There is more to this story which hasn’t been accurately told.