Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD - Jan 4, 2017

What are those favorite sounds that you treasure?

  • Since being posted on YouTube, Sarah Churman’s video has been viewed over 26,000,000 times.   Sarah, born deaf, was 29 years old at the time, a young mother of two that had never heard her children’s voices or her husband’s snores.  We see her as she hears her own voice for the first time after a cochlea implant.  Her genuine expression of joy spoke to us.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVasnb1vbcU.

    Baby Lachlan’s expressions are priceless after he receives his first hearing aids.  This YouTube has been viewed over 14 million times.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUP02yTKWWo 

    How can we turn these emotions into action to prevent Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)?  How do we get folks to value their hearing as if they had been given a precious gift – which hearing truly is? 

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Written by Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD

Scientific Program Official National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health Centers for Disease Control & Prevention