Sarah Churman sat nervously at the doctor’s office, her hand clutched to her ear. It hadn’t been the first time she had required medical attention for her hearing, either. Churman had been born deaf and, 29 years later, still lived in silence.
But that was all about to change. Indeed, Churman was sitting across the table from a medical professional who reached over to make the final adjustments on her new Esteem implant. The implant is a revolution in aural technology, and – hopefully – it would allow her to hear for the first time in her life.
“There you go,” the woman in bright blue scrubs said, double-checking on her laptop that the implant was fully functioning. “Now, technically, your device is on,” she added as she looked at Churman expectantly. “Can you tell?”