Comments: 1291 • Responses: 50 • Date: 2013-03-17 21:06:52 UTCsource
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sarahchurman82309 karma2013-03-17 22:08:04 UTC
TheBoogeyman209294 karma2013-03-17 21:15:07 UTC
I would just like to say that I get really emotional (in a good way) whenever I see that video. Thank you for that.
sarahchurman82204 karma2013-03-17 21:20:22 UTC
:) Thank YOU
bry25242 karma2013-03-17 21:38:01 UTC
What is your opinion on the dislike of cochlear implants among the deaf community?
sarahchurman82369 karma2013-03-17 21:49:02 UTC
'To each his own'. I personally do not like that they are not reversible :(
TChuff170 karma2013-03-17 22:08:57 UTC
Can you expand on this? I was under the impression you can just turn them off?
sarahchurman82396 karma2013-03-17 22:59:14 UTC
You can, but they are permanent. There is no reversing the surgery. That scares me because science and technology is constantly evolving and I'd hate to be stuck with something. Not to be rude.....that's just my personal feeling.
Wafelijzer228 karma2013-03-17 21:10:57 UTC
Whats the best thing you heard so far?
And what do you enjoy more now that you can hear?
sarahchurman82531 karma2013-03-17 21:14:40 UTC
My little girls giggles and their heartbeats. I enjoy movies, radio, music, and pretty much any general interaction now :)
nitronaf188 karma2013-03-17 21:11:07 UTC
Do you find farts humorous now?
sarahchurman82895 karma2013-03-17 21:14:59 UTC
Depends on if I'm down wind from it or not ;)
beluga_tricks164 karma2013-03-17 21:42:26 UTC
Awesome! I remember seeing this video a while ago and it made me so happy for you!
How did you know what the lady was saying to you in the video when you weren't looking at her? I figured you'd be able to read lips or something but when you covered your face and nodded when she asked "can you hear me?" I found that amazing! How were you able to recognize what it was she was saying to you?
sarahchurman82141 karma2013-03-17 21:49:48 UTC
My ear worked :)
sarahchurman82160 karma2013-03-18 04:00:45 UTC
voyer142 karma2013-03-17 21:07:52 UTC
What sounds do you find unpleasant?
sarahchurman82380 karma2013-03-17 21:10:45 UTC
Screaming kids, shrill whistles, loud public toilets, and sirens :)
dancerdan94128 karma2013-03-17 21:29:39 UTC
Not Lil Wayne?
sarahchurman82615 karma2013-03-17 21:37:21 UTC
HA, bless his heart, he's having a hard enough time right now.......I'll not say anything further ;)
HCUKRI247 karma2013-03-17 21:46:51 UTC
sarahchurman82255 karma2013-03-17 21:47:37 UTC
Sigh_Treader141 karma2013-03-17 21:20:41 UTC
I would love to know what it was like to hear music for the first time.
sarahchurman82323 karma2013-03-17 21:35:20 UTC
Surreal. Absolutely surreal the first time. It was a Peruvian band playing on the sidewalk in New York when I went for The Today Show. I stood there in awe s I realized I could hear each different instrument. The first band I saw was our friend Josh Weathers, and I was amazed at his voice.
xXdeadxaliveXx30 karma2013-03-18 02:01:02 UTC
If its the same josh weathers band that i know I used to go see them every Sunday night at Lola's in stock yards they're an awesome
sarahchurman8238 karma2013-03-18 03:25:56 UTC
Yes! That's him!
RianonFTW129 karma2013-03-17 21:12:09 UTC
When you first started to hear, did you find the sound of your voice weird? Or was not what you expected?
sarahchurman82277 karma2013-03-17 21:18:12 UTC
I found it VERY weird! I think I sound nasally. Lol.
Kirjath188 karma2013-03-17 21:36:14 UTC
This is a very common perspective of one's own voice in the general public.
sarahchurman82171 karma2013-03-17 21:37:41 UTC
That's what I keep being told :)
speakerfortheliving111 karma2013-03-17 23:11:49 UTC
Is sex much better now you can hear?
sarahchurman8262 karma2013-03-18 03:13:51 UTC
How would sound affect the action? Lol
jokes_on_you102 karma2013-03-17 21:25:22 UTC
What sounds surprised you the most?
sarahchurman82280 karma2013-03-17 21:35:36 UTC
Children, they all sound soooo different! Lol
4-Fluoroamphetamine97 karma2013-03-17 21:20:21 UTC
How long did it take you to get familiar with hearing? I can image you have some trouble sleeping in a busy neighborhood.
Also, for some reason I misread 'hearing' as 'shaving'.. I should go to bed.
sarahchurman82279 karma2013-03-17 21:31:32 UTC
I'm still getting used to it! Lol. I turn the implants off at night. I live on some acreage in an old farmhouse, and my hubby snores.......every noise had me reaching for a pistol and kept me up. I just go back to my comfortable cocoon of silence at night :)
TresManos310 karma2013-03-17 21:48:17 UTC
sarahchurman82185 karma2013-03-17 22:14:56 UTC
messem1076 karma2013-03-17 21:16:10 UTC
Have you listened to any classical or orchestral music yet? If not, I would suggest trying it.
sarahchurman82103 karma2013-03-17 21:21:14 UTC
Only through the radio. I'd love to go listen in person.....the opportunity just hasn't presented itself yet ;)
Misquote_The_Bible75 karma2013-03-17 21:13:10 UTC
Do you have a "favorite voice" yet? A celebrity or someone with an incredible speaking voice
sarahchurman82251 karma2013-03-17 21:20:01 UTC
Oh man, there are a lot of actors/actresses I love. I'm really digging accents right now..........Men with accents are dreamy.
p-a51 karma2013-03-17 21:44:36 UTC
Do you find it easy or difficult to work out different accents?
sarahchurman82136 karma2013-03-17 21:48:19 UTC
I only know what they are because my husband tells me. Lol.
aaaahhh48 karma2013-03-17 21:55:36 UTC
sarahchurman82106 karma2013-03-17 22:15:51 UTC
Yes! Especially because I've done several international interviews. Japanese, German, etc. those are hard ones.
Misquote_The_Bible2 karma2013-03-17 21:23:05 UTC
Oh my, do tell.
I have a somewhat thick Texas accent. What are your favorite accents? Southern > British amirite?
sarahchurman8215 karma2013-03-17 21:32:59 UTC
Well I'm a Texas girl married to a Texan man......so of course Southern accents are at the top of the list. Just something about hearing a man say 'ma'am' that gets me ;) As for others, Australian, English, and South African are some great ones.
PrincessTiny64 karma2013-03-18 00:30:18 UTC
Were you surprised at how much noise there is in the world? Was there anything you never thought made a noise that does? (Tapping your foot, clicking a pen, the crackle of a fire, the crunch of eating, etc.)
sarahchurman82203 karma2013-03-18 03:04:05 UTC
Yes! Right after I was activated, I scratched my head and jumped. I had no idea you could hear yourself scratching your head. Lol. Also, chewing and swallowing.
Mrtnrk9161 karma2013-03-17 21:15:13 UTC
Has your life changed in any negative way?
sarahchurman82172 karma2013-03-17 21:20:38 UTC
I'm busier and on the computer more! Lol
TChuff57 karma2013-03-17 22:29:12 UTC
How did you and your husband meet? Did he sign when you first met?
sarahchurman82157 karma2013-03-17 22:54:22 UTC
I never signed. Learned it at deaf school, but lost most knowledge of it after entering public school. (My parents didn't learn it and I knew no one else who signed) I was waitressing at a lil hole in the wall joint in my town when my hubby came in and asked for my phone number one night ;)
nosecohn79 karma2013-03-18 00:18:12 UTC
So, what are the challenges of being a deaf waitress?
sarahchurman82106 karma2013-03-18 03:16:56 UTC
Having to constantly ask people to look at you when they speak and explaining that you wear hearing aids and are deaf.
SourceError54 karma2013-03-17 21:29:11 UTC
sarahchurman8233 karma2013-03-17 21:33:26 UTC
Nope, never heard of Airwolf.
reemusk50 karma2013-03-17 21:39:51 UTC
Has anyone actually verified this yet?
sarahchurman8268 karma2013-03-17 21:49:23 UTC
How do I go about doing this? I gladly will.
the_wreckingball48 karma2013-03-18 01:36:05 UTC
Nice try, Josh Weathers...
sarahchurman8224 karma2013-03-18 02:48:13 UTC
PloniAlmoni147 karma2013-03-17 21:59:42 UTC
Have you had your second cochlear implant done?
sarahchurman82197 karma2013-03-17 22:11:00 UTC
I don't have Cochlears. I have the Esteem implants. Cochlears are mechanical and my implants are natural. I do now have both ears done, so I'm in surround sound :)
stinkoman133741 karma2013-03-17 21:56:14 UTC
"....every noise had me reaching for a pistol and kept me up."
What kind of pistol do you own?
sarahchurman82109 karma2013-03-17 22:12:25 UTC
HA. I probably shouldn't give my inventory here.
nanapeel66 karma2013-03-18 00:28:31 UTC
she does live in texas
sarahchurman8265 karma2013-03-18 03:20:44 UTC
oneAngrySonOfaBitch35 karma2013-03-17 22:05:26 UTC
I read somewhere that the reason you cired was because you actually could hear before and were disappointed that this was the best that you could have.
is that true ?
sarahchurman82124 karma2013-03-17 22:07:53 UTC
HA, not at all. I was born with 85 bilateral decibel loss. This is the best I've ever heard :)
lindsayadult27 karma2013-03-18 02:12:19 UTC
I may be completely ignorant, but if you were completely deaf before the implants, you speak EXCEPTIONALLY well! How did you learn to speak so clearly if you couldn't hear yourself? Also the difference between the left and right implants (your enunciation) is incredible -- so much improvement! Also every single time I watch your video I cry. I'm so happy for you.
sarahchurman8256 karma2013-03-18 02:40:20 UTC
I wasn't completely deaf. I had 85 bilateral decibel loss. I couldn't hear spoken language and most noises. If a noise was loud enough, some sound got through. I attended deaf Ed school and was taught to speak. I took speech therapy and speech classes as a kid. I worked hard, but still was told I spoke as though I had a lisp. Since the implants, I'm told that my speech has improved dramatically. Thank you :)
Neveragon25 karma2013-03-17 21:40:35 UTC
Have a favorite band yet?
sarahchurman8254 karma2013-03-17 21:49:32 UTC
ZACHMAN333424 karma2013-03-17 21:32:10 UTC
Hate to be that guy, but could we have proof? Like a picture of you holding a piece of paper that says "Hi reddit!" or something (it can be sent to the mods too).
Here's the video for those interested. Makes me smile every time I see it. :)
EDIT: Not like my word is proof (and this is a late edit), but she did send a message through that FB acc she linked below.
sarahchurman8231 karma2013-03-17 21:38:56 UTC
I have a public Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sarahmchurman, message me info there!
sarahchurman8215 karma2013-03-17 21:38:21 UTC
Tell me how to do it and I will! I barely figured this out! Lol
jamesah200822 karma2013-03-17 22:30:15 UTC
Have you been to any cinema movies with explosions and whatnot? What do you think about them if so? Have you been tested and compared to what natural people can hear? Can you hear better, worse, or the same as other people? Like frequency wise or loudness wise. Can you adjust the volume? Do you have to recharge batteries on your head?
sarahchurman8257 karma2013-03-17 22:52:49 UTC
I LOVE the movies! Explosions are loud. Lol. I'm at 40-45 decibel loss. Up from the 85 I had, so I'm still behind the average person (5-10dcb loss). I have a remote, and I can adjust the volume and turn it off :)
DangerZone119 karma2013-03-17 22:02:22 UTC
How has your taste in music evolved seen you've been able to hear? Who are your favorite artists?
sarahchurman8272 karma2013-03-17 22:09:57 UTC
Yes. I love things from both ends of the spectrum. Josh Weathers, Pink, Hayes Carl, Abigail Washburn, Bad Company, Dustin Kensrue, Macklemore, Norah Jones, Don Williams, AC/DC. The list goes on and on ;)
OracleFINN17 karma2013-03-18 01:54:58 UTC
So ... I sometimes struggle with depression. The past few weeks have been one of those times. I've watched that video of you probably a dozen times, usually right after I've woken up. Seeing you regain one of your senses and the scared, joyful, overwhelmed crying that comes after has really been helping me remember the little gifts that I have in my life. Thank you so goddamn much for providing something genuine in a world where that can be so rare.
Just, thank you, that's what I need to say. I hope you have a fucking amazing life.
sarahchurman829 karma2013-03-18 02:47:01 UTC
Thank you so much. I hope you have a great week.
polyponic16 karma2013-03-17 21:16:19 UTC
What's music like for you now? Have you heard anything you particularly love/hate?
sarahchurman8242 karma2013-03-17 21:21:59 UTC
I love live music more so than radio. I'm enjoying every opportunity to go listen to stuff.
alienathe15 karma2013-03-17 22:04:18 UTC
What was your reaction when you heard your voice for the first time? Your laugh?
sarahchurman8235 karma2013-03-17 22:08:28 UTC
I thought I sounded weird and that my laugh was really loud :)
HelloHiggins12 karma2013-03-17 22:29:07 UTC
Favorite TV show?
sarahchurman8241 karma2013-03-17 22:55:00 UTC
Greys Anatomy is about the only thing I watch on TV. We don't have cable, but we love movies and watch one almost every night.
keepyourheart10 karma2013-03-17 21:55:24 UTC
might be a stupid question, but have you been to any concerts since you've been able to hear? and what was the first music you listened to?
sarahchurman8220 karma2013-03-17 22:13:53 UTC
Not stupid at all. Josh Weathers is a good friend and was the 1st concert. I've been to plays and will be going to a musical next weekend, but really haven't been able to spend money on good concert tix.
shouldvekeptlurking7 karma2013-03-18 00:34:13 UTC
First of all, this was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. It was an incredibly touching video and I am truly happy for you. OK, so I remember reading the funniest YouTube comments ever in your video's thread. "Just wait 'til she hears Morgan Freeman's voice." So? What do you think of Morgan Freeman's voice? Amazing, right?
sarahchurman8222 karma2013-03-18 03:02:56 UTC
Yes! Is what I'd imagine God sounding like. Lol
nightshifter836 karma2013-03-17 21:10:56 UTC
What bands do you like?
sarahchurman8213 karma2013-03-17 21:13:48 UTC
Josh Weathers! (Good friend of mine)
HotDogPrince-34 karma2013-03-17 21:12:19 UTC
What would you say to people who are sick of 'emotional' videos being uploaded to YouTube for the view money?
sarahchurman8226 karma2013-03-17 21:19:03 UTC
If you're sick of them, don't watch them ;)
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