You may have seen those touching videos. A child, or an adult, newly fitted with a hearing aid or cochlear implant, "hears" for the first time and is overcome with delight.
But that's not the whole story, according to Christina Hartmann, who was born profoundly deaf and lived without hearing until she received a cochlear implant at the age of 6.
Originally published on the website Quora and republished by Slate.com, Hartmann's account reveals a much more complex reality. " I can assure you that my experiences cannot be reduced into a two-minute cute video," she writes.
"What I didn't know was that cochlear implants don't truly give you hearing. They create the perception of the sensation of sound by stimulating the auditory nerve using electrodes, which have a limited range of frequencies they can pick up."
Hartmann's first "hearing" experience was, in fact, confusing and somewhat traumatic.
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