A Miracle in Sound: ‘Hear I Am’

A 29-year-old woman born deaf hears herself for the first time. (Video)

After 29 years, she hears herself speak, laugh and cry, all in a span of 10 seconds.

Sep 30, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

People hold up an iPad or an Xbox 360 and shout about the miracle of technology, but if you want a real state of emotional wonderment brought on by the collaboration of science and commerce, look at the video below. Posted by YouTube user sloanchurman, the clip documents the first time a 29-year-old woman, born deaf, hears her own voice.

If you prefer not to be observed while misty eyed, make sure no one is watching before viewing.

The above miracle is brought to you by an Envoy Medical hearing-implant device called the Esteem, and by the unfathomable string of technological advancements that have allowed you to view this individual moment of grace on your phone, your tablet or your work computer.

Thanks to Boing Boing for the tip.

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