Hearing yourself for the first time

Hi, everyone. This is my first post and I don’t want to bore you (yet) by writing about my amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. Instead, I thought I’d share a video I stumbled upon while perusing the Huffington Post. In internet time the video might be a little dated but maybe some of you haven’t already seen it. It’s powerful and heartwarming; what more could you want during a cold Montreal autumn day?

29 year-old Sarah Churman was born deaf. She reads lips and has used hearing aids in the past. However, her auditory deprivation was apparently severe enough that she has never heard her own voice before. A few weeks ago, Sarah received an implant that allowed her to finally hear her own voice and her response is overwhelmingly emotional (at the 0:20 mark she hears herself say “It’s beeping.”):

I’m by no means an expert on the auditory system or auditory prostheses but this new implant seems to work great. And I don’t know about any of you but positive outcomes like this really inspire me to work harder in my own research on ALS and hopefully contribute, however minimally, to breakthroughs that save lives.

On a completely unrelated note, if you want to see a movie for free and aren’t averse to waking up relatively early on a Saturday morning, you should check out Cineplex’s Community Day

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