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r1ckjam35642 karma

sarahchurman82309 karma

Thank you!

TheBoogeyman209294 karma

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 karma

:) Thank YOU

bry25242 karma

What is your opinion on the dislike of cochlear implants among the deaf community?

sarahchurman82369 karma

'To each his own'. I personally do not like that they are not reversible :(

TChuff170 karma

Can you expand on this? I was under the impression you can just turn them off?

sarahchurman82396 karma

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 karma

Whats the best thing you heard so far? And what do you enjoy more now that you can hear?

sarahchurman82531 karma

My little girls giggles and their heartbeats. I enjoy movies, radio, music, and pretty much any general interaction now :)

nitronaf188 karma

Do you find farts humorous now?

sarahchurman82895 karma

Depends on if I'm down wind from it or not ;)

beluga_tricks164 karma

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 karma

My ear worked :)

voyer142 karma

What sounds do you find unpleasant?

sarahchurman82380 karma

Screaming kids, shrill whistles, loud public toilets, and sirens :)

dancerdan94128 karma

Not Lil Wayne?

sarahchurman82615 karma

HA, bless his heart, he's having a hard enough time right now.......I'll not say anything further ;)

HCUKRI247 karma

You're nice.

sarahchurman82255 karma

I try!

Sigh_Treader141 karma

I would love to know what it was like to hear music for the first time.

sarahchurman82323 karma

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 karma

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 band.

sarahchurman8238 karma

Yes! That's him!

RianonFTW129 karma

When you first started to hear, did you find the sound of your voice weird? Or was not what you expected?

sarahchurman82277 karma

I found it VERY weird! I think I sound nasally. Lol.

Kirjath188 karma

This is a very common perspective of one's own voice in the general public.

sarahchurman82171 karma

That's what I keep being told :)

speakerfortheliving111 karma

Is sex much better now you can hear?

sarahchurman8262 karma

How would sound affect the action? Lol

jokes_on_you102 karma

What sounds surprised you the most?

sarahchurman82280 karma

Children, they all sound soooo different! Lol

4-Fluoroamphetamine97 karma

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 karma

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 karma


sarahchurman82185 karma

HA, yeah.

messem1076 karma

Have you listened to any classical or orchestral music yet? If not, I would suggest trying it.

sarahchurman82103 karma

Only through the radio. I'd love to go listen in person.....the opportunity just hasn't presented itself yet ;)

Misquote_The_Bible75 karma

Do you have a "favorite voice" yet? A celebrity or someone with an incredible speaking voice

sarahchurman82251 karma

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 karma

Do you find it easy or difficult to work out different accents?

sarahchurman82136 karma

I only know what they are because my husband tells me. Lol.

aaaahhh48 karma


sarahchurman82106 karma

Yes! Especially because I've done several international interviews. Japanese, German, etc. those are hard ones.

Misquote_The_Bible2 karma

Oh my, do tell.
I have a somewhat thick Texas accent. What are your favorite accents? Southern > British amirite?

sarahchurman8215 karma

Well I'm a Texas girl married to a Texan 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 karma

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 karma

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 karma

Has your life changed in any negative way?

sarahchurman82172 karma

I'm busier and on the computer more! Lol

TChuff57 karma

How did you and your husband meet? Did he sign when you first met?

sarahchurman82157 karma

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 karma

So, what are the challenges of being a deaf waitress?

sarahchurman82106 karma

Having to constantly ask people to look at you when they speak and explaining that you wear hearing aids and are deaf.

SourceError54 karma


sarahchurman8233 karma

Nope, never heard of Airwolf.

reemusk50 karma

Has anyone actually verified this yet?

sarahchurman8268 karma

How do I go about doing this? I gladly will.

the_wreckingball48 karma

Nice try, Josh Weathers...

sarahchurman8224 karma


PloniAlmoni147 karma

Have you had your second cochlear implant done?

sarahchurman82197 karma

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 karma

"....every noise had me reaching for a pistol and kept me up." What kind of pistol do you own?

sarahchurman82109 karma

HA. I probably shouldn't give my inventory here.

nanapeel66 karma

she does live in texas

sarahchurman8265 karma

Amen! Lol

oneAngrySonOfaBitch35 karma

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 karma

HA, not at all. I was born with 85 bilateral decibel loss. This is the best I've ever heard :)

lindsayadult27 karma

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 karma

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 karma

Have a favorite band yet?

sarahchurman8254 karma

Josh Weathers!

ZACHMAN333424 karma

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 karma

I have a public Facebook page at, message me info there!

sarahchurman8215 karma

Tell me how to do it and I will! I barely figured this out! Lol

jamesah200822 karma

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 karma

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 karma

How has your taste in music evolved seen you've been able to hear? Who are your favorite artists?

sarahchurman8272 karma

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 karma

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 karma

Thank you so much. I hope you have a great week.

polyponic16 karma

What's music like for you now? Have you heard anything you particularly love/hate?

sarahchurman8242 karma

I love live music more so than radio. I'm enjoying every opportunity to go listen to stuff.

alienathe15 karma

What was your reaction when you heard your voice for the first time? Your laugh?

sarahchurman8235 karma

I thought I sounded weird and that my laugh was really loud :)

HelloHiggins12 karma

Favorite TV show?

sarahchurman8241 karma

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 karma

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 karma

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 karma

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 karma

Yes! Is what I'd imagine God sounding like. Lol

nightshifter836 karma

What bands do you like?

sarahchurman8213 karma

Josh Weathers! (Good friend of mine)

HotDogPrince-34 karma

What would you say to people who are sick of 'emotional' videos being uploaded to YouTube for the view money?

sarahchurman8226 karma

If you're sick of them, don't watch them ;)