Monday, January 5, 2009

Hear and Now Documentary

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When my sister was telling me all about her cochlear implant, she told me about this HBO documentary, "Hear and Now". It is about the filmmaker's 65 year old deaf parents who go through the process of receiving implants together.

It seems that some implant recipients struggle with the drastic change in their world more than others. (I would love to see this fascinating film, but I can't find anywhere that it is available for sale.)

And speaking of my sister and her new gift, she has agreed to let me post her interview here and has graciously offered to answer any and all questions.

I have a list of questions already, but, please, leave any you have for her in the comments to this post and I will add them to my list.

Check back soon for that interview.


Sherry said...

When you mentioned your sister loving the piano, I immediately wondered about her experiences with other instruments. Does she dislike any instrument? Find one strange or weird? How about bagpipes, both Scottish (Great Highland) & the Irish uilleann? There are so many sound opportunities just in music alone!

What does she think of the voices of the people she knows compared to how she knew them pre-sound? Was she surprised at how different people sound?

Blessings to you all in the new year--so many possibilities!

Simple Journeys said...

This boggles my mind. I am wondering how she recognized words having never heard them before. It seems voiced and words would be as foreign as other sounds. The documentary clip is fascinating--would love to see the whole thing, too.

Shari said...

Wow! I can imagine that some noises for people who have been deaf a long time seem very harsh to them. This is so neat! Fascinating!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to your sister. What an amazing feat as an adult to do. I have worked with children who have had an implant and it was tough for them. Again WOW!!!! I was wondering if your sister has problems with flouresent lights? I know for some with aids as well as an implant find the underlying buzzing very annoying and sometime overwhelming, and will turn off the aids or take them off so they don't havae the amplification anymore untill they are able to tune it out (if they are ever able to).

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