A recent video has captured the immediate effects of a revolutionary cochlear implant on 26-year-old mother Amy. Cochlear implants are electronic devices that are surgically placed in the ear to provide a sense of sound. Amy was born deaf, and heard her son’s voice for the first time thanks to the medical breakthrough.
The video, posted on YouTube by Amy’s aunt Catherine Arnold, shows Amy’s emotional response to the new sensations. “I feel weird,” she said, tearing up. “It feels so different.”
After the experience, Arnold wrote: “This is just a start to the road ahead to learn what sound is and where it comes from. It was the most amazing day ever to be a witness to this medical miracle and a true gift from God.”
Six months later, Arnold reveals that Amy to interpret sound and enjoy music thanks to hard work and sound therapy.
“Her pronunciation has improved vastly and she can hear words and especially music!” Arnold said. “Naturally, after a lifetime of lip reading and signing, it is still necessary for her to rely on that skill to have conversation in a group. Every day is new and sometimes an exhausting experience.
“She loves the challenge to improve yet more and she is a joy to be around. By the way, Amy has a high school diploma and college degree! This girl never let anything get in her way to be her best!”