Gotta watch: When blind see, deaf hear
Sarah Churman hears her voice for the first time thanks to an implanted hearing device.
October 5th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

Gotta watch: When blind see, deaf hear

Today, Gotta Watch is looking back at some of our favorite firsts from over the years. These videos are inspired by a touching video of a deaf woman hearing her own voice for the first time.

Deaf woman hears her voice for first time –¬†29-year-old Sarah Churman¬†was born with a hearing impairment, but her life changed dramatically after receiving¬†a hearing implant. Her husband Sloan filmed the moment she was introduced to a device that allowed her to hear for the first time in her life. [cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/10/03/ac-deaf-girl-hears.cnn"%5D

Student takes first steps at graduation –¬†An inspiration to her peers, Angeline Lavasseur¬†crosses two milestones at the same time, walking for the first time to receive¬†her diploma at her high school graduation. [cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/06/06/dnt.student.walks.graduation.wxyz"%5D

Brothers meet for first time –¬†Two brothers who grew up in separate houses meet each other for the first time in more than 75 years. What's¬†more astonishing is the fact that¬†the brothers actually lived just minutes away from one another the whole time. [cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/07/18/pkg.elderly.brothers.unite.wbns"%5D

Blind man regains sight –¬†A legally blind, who suffered from macular degeneration, suddenly regains his vision after being hospitalized for dizziness.¬†[cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/10/05/dnt-blind-man-sees.cnn"%5D

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  1. beth

    @ Dennis
    jesus has nothing to do with any of this. It's called science, created by humans.
    WHO WAS CREATED BY JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Science has nothing to do with this either since its fake.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jT

      Anon, Why don't God fix all the problems in the world? I am waiting for the excuses.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      JT, you have poor reading comprehension skills. The reply to the comment wasnt an attack on science or religion, it was an attack on the blind girl hearing for the first time being fake.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Pairatestes

      Anon, the deaf girl is not blind.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      And you know this because a 1800 year old book written by men who never saw Jesus told you so?

      October 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • deaf not blind nor dumb

      science comes naturally. i'm pretty sure science of physics were here way before us. i mean did the earth suddenly appears, starts rotating around the sun and creates an atmosphere? now in your world, science is god and god is science ūüôā

      October 6, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Not Likely

    CNN, the idiot wing of the internet, unable to realize people will not sit through a fresh commercial for every 20 second video.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juhoker

      So says the man who doesn't have AdBlock. Tell me, who is the most foolish in this situation?

      October 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Name

    wow, trolls have managed to bring the religious argument here.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MidRanger

      Yeah, It doesn't take em long does it?

      October 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. christie 2012

    Why are you people unable to grasp that God did this, not science.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheAnswerToAllYourQuestions

      Yeah, God made her deaf. God empties our cars of gasoline so we have to refill them. God makes us fart.

      There is no god, and that's just a fact. When you die, that's it. that's totally and completely the end of it for you. Enjoy your wonderful brief flash of sensory feedback loop consciousness and make the most of it every day.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Because most sane people believe in science and not magic.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HeresAGoodQuestion

    How could this woman understand the words spoken to her, and why can she pronounce words?

    October 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • christie 2012

      you can teach the deaf to speak and to read lips. Possibly she was able to hear at some point in her life prior to an injury.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryanWI

      According to the article, she was deaf at birth. "Her husband Sloan filmed the moment she was introduced to a device that allowed her to hear for the first time in her life."

      October 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    CNN,
    Thank you for posting this. Its so refreshing to read, or in this case watch, some inspiring and happy news.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrew

    I am apprehensive. A deaf person has never heard themself talk and therefore does not have a "normal" tone of voice. Also, their vocal variety is not within the "normal" range since they have no audible reference. The lady in this article sounds like a hearing person. She sounds like she has been speaking and hearing all her life.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juanita

      @ Andrew... If you go back and listen closely she does had a different tone... there is a slight drawl. However the sounds that we make when we are uncontrollably crying are not affected by correct grammar or speech.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Juanita

    how precious when the older gentleman got so excited that he could hammer a nail by himself again!

    October 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ParentOfHearingImpaired

    I have a child who has only a moderate hearing loss in both ears. Even with hearing aids and speech therapy, she does not, and likely will never speak the same as the rest of our family. This woman appeared on the Today show, claimed she had been deaf since birth, and then continued to speak as though she had been a hearing person her whole 29 years, and with a Texas accent to boot. I call BS, because there is no way a profoundly deaf woman after 29 years gets a device, flips a switch, and speaks with no deficit whatsoever, in a native Texan accent. This video is completely misleading and probably completely fake.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      I agree with you 100%!

      October 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. anna

    Have to watch that same stupid commercial for each video?!

    October 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thomas Payne

    I AM REALLY GETTING TIRED OF THE GREED AND PROFIT MOTIVATION OF CNN IN FORCING US TO SIT THROUGH ONE STUPID COMMERCIAL AFTER ANOTHER TO SEE A NEWS ITEM. NEWS ITEM TO CNN: I AM MAKING A NOTE OF THE COMPANIES ADVERTISING AND WILL MAKE A SPECIAL POINT NOT TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. SCREW CNN AND THEIR GREED.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Visara

    Sorry, but this woman was not born deaf. There is no way she could've understood what the nurse was saying if she'd never heard English before. She wasn't even looking at the nurse when she asked her "Can you hear my voice?"

    There's also no way she could've known what 'beeping' is if she'd never heard it before.

    She was deaf, but she was obviously able to hear prior in her life at some point.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thomas Payne

    FOX NEWS DOES NOT SUBJECT ITS VIEWERS TO STUPID COMMERCIALS LIKE CNN.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      CNN does not subject their viewers to stupidity like Faux News.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Capitalism...gotta love it.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Visara

    Doesn't CNN make enough money as it is without having to run a freaking commercial before EVERY SINGLE video? Ridiculous

    October 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Weird

    Jesus can heal disable without using modern technology.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
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