Deaf Woman Hears Voice – Sarah Churman

Picture of Burleson wife and mother, Sarah Churman, after she heard her voice for the first time. (credit: YouTube)

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  • Frances Downing

    How did Sarah lose her hearing? How long has she been deaf? How did she learn to speak so clearly so quickly?

    My mother lost her hearing to Meningitis in October 1987. She had a Cochlear 22 Implant in August 1988 so her speech was never really affected. Dr. Fred Owens performed her surgery at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. I met a number of his implant patients, most of whom had been deaf for a number of years, the hearing loss having been caused from a variety of reasons. When they spoke it was obvious that they had a hearing problem. I heard none of this when Sarah spoke.

    My mother passed away December 1, 2006, at the age of 90 and she enjoyed a full life with her implant. On February 10, 2007, I lost the hearing in my left ear, literally overnight. My hearing was fine when I went to bed on Saturday and Sunday morning I woke up deaf in my left ear. I went through a battery of tests at UT Southwestern Medical Center the next week, but they were unable to determine any reason for the hearing loss. They said that steroids sometimes brought back unexplained hearing loss if caught quickly, but it did not work for me. I also had 20% hearing loss in my right ear. I am not a candidate for a Cochlear because I have not lost complete hearing.

    I am interested to learn more about Sarah’s hearing loss and the implant that she received. I am not familiar with it, since my experience has been with the Cochlear implant.

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