A Mother Hears Her Own Laugh For The First Time

Sarah Churman was born unable to hear due to a genetic condition in her inner ear. For nearly 30 years, she had never heard the sound of a thunderstorm, birds chirping, her children’s voices, her own laugh – or her husband snoring.

Recently, she learned about a new implant that would allow her to hear, but it had a price tag of $30, 000 per ear. So her mother-in-law cashed out a small retirement fund to help pay for it.

Watch this clip from “Ellen” to see what happens when Sarah finally hears clearly for the first time — and how a good deed has its own rewards.

Sarah writes about her transition to a new world of sound in her book “Powered On.” She talks about the lessons she gained from years of being “inside herself, ” as well as the joys of listening, and the importance of tuning out some things in a world filled with commotion.


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