It is easy to take everyday tasks for granted. We are told to always be grateful for what you have: your health, family, fortune. But how is it for someone that was defied sound, someone that has spent her entire life deaf.
Technology usually comprises the latest and greatest gadgets, phones or computers; but what about an Esteem implant? Something that can radically change a persons life and give them something they should have had all along. This implant is much better than hearing aids, the device itself is placed behind the ear and no part of it is visible. It doesn’t have a speaker or a microphone. It uses the outer part of the ear to funnel sound coming toward it and send it down the ear canal.
This implant takes vibrations and turns them into electrical signals. These are then sent to its sound processor. Then, through a small mechanical stimulus, the electrical signals are sent to your brain, so that the brain can work out what is being said.
If you look at Churchman’s reaction, you can see that the effect is instant, moving, and stunning. Being finally given the gift of something so many take for granted is overwhelming for her and, surely too, for anyone watching.