Moments of Pure Joy

These kids and adults who can hear for the first time because of cochlear implants. Hope you enjoy their happiness as much as I did.

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Author: drlorentz

photon whisperer & quantum mechanic

8 thoughts on “Moments of Pure Joy”

  1. From wiki,

    A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. Cochlear implants bypass the normal hearing process. They have a sound processor that resides on the outside of the skin (and generally worn behind the ear) which contains microphones, electronics, battery, and a coil which transmits a signal to the implant. The implant has a coil to receive signals, electronics, and an array of electrodes which is placed into the cochlea, which stimulate the cochlear nerve.

    The surgical procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Surgical risks are minimal but can include tinnitus and dizziness.

    There is controversy around the devices; much of the strongest objection to cochlear implants has come from the Deaf community. For some in the deaf community, cochlear implants are an affront to their culture, which as some view it, is a minority threatened by the hearing majority.

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  2. drlorentz:

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    My screen went blurry while I was watching the video. There must be a bug in the interface.

    What a coincidence. I noticed the same thing.

    If we get a third person, we will have to make a bug report. Or Gerry will hack a de-blur doohickey from spare parts for us all.

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  3. I saw a similar video of colorblind people seeing color for the first time.  Filtered glasses let them see mostly normally.  It really is a miracle of science.

    I don’t understand why people would rather be deaf than hear.  It’s not like they forget sign language as soon as they can hear, and it is not a mental issue where the disability is very tightly wound with your personality.  Something like autism is pretty hard to imagine curing without radically changing the patient.  Deafness is not like that.

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  4. OmegaPaladin:
    I saw a similar video of colorblind people seeing color for the first time.  Filtered glasses let them see mostly normally.  It really is a miracle of science.

    I don’t understand why people would rather be deaf than hear.  It’s not like they forget sign language as soon as they can hear, and it is not a mental issue where the disability is very tightly wound with your personality.  Something like autism is pretty hard to imagine curing without radically changing the patient.  Deafness is not like that.

    I don’t agree with this but some people consider their differentiation as a plus. They take pride in their unique culture. To cure that uniqueness to go toward normal is a threat not a benefit. If everyone can “hear” what happens with the “deaf” school.

    People want to say they are a victim and superior at the same time. It is weird but part of human nature.

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  5. It is an interesting difference in the small children who simply exhibit joy versus the onrush of emotion that overwhelms the older patients who have lived a life without hearing. This is beautiful

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