i saw this video on TV the other night (can't remember what show). a 29-year-old deaf girl hearing for the first time. her mother-in-law cashed in her pension to pay for her daughter-in-laws implants.
and this morning, i learned that the story continued -- on ellen. such a beautiful, inspiring story. and i'm blown away how good the deaf woman's speech is...
the esteem (the device that this woman was implanted with) wasn't available when kiele was implanted. it is a completely internal device. kiele has an internal and external portion, which she wears behind her ear (kind of like a large hearing aid).
we love advanced bionics (the makers of kiele's cochlear implant), but having a completely internal device is awesome -- and one of the main reason's why kiele continues to not have her second ear implanted. technology keeps improving. hopeful that one day advanced bionics will come out with a fully implantable device. i think it's only a matter of time -- and maybe by then, kiele will be ready for the surgery and a second implant.
this was kiele's reaction the day her cochlear implant was activated. not quite as joyful; she was rather confused about the sound she was hearing.
i also found this video, which simulates speech and music through a variety of different channeled cochlear implants. kiele's implant has 16 channels. it all just blows my mind!
my sweet kiele. she amazes me each and every day...