"ROCKFORD — Destinee Brady is almost constantly plugged in to music on her iPod Touch. Michael Hill listens to his music on his cell phone.
It’s something neither 14-year-old had been able to do with the hearing aids they had worn since they were toddlers before undergoing cochlear implant surgery last year at the University of Chicago Medical Center. A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is surgically implanted in the bone behind the ear to help overcome hearing problems caused by the loss of or damage to hair cells in the inner ear — the cochlea — that transmit sound to the auditory nerve.
With the implant, sound for Destinee, a freshman at Rockford East, and Michael, a freshman at Hononegah, is picked up by a microphone and travels to an external mini computer called a sound processor. The sound is converted into digital information and sent over a transmitter antenna to the surgically implanted part of the system, which turns the sound information into electrical signals that travel into an electrode array in the cochlea....."http://www.rrstar.com/carousel/x1254723978/Cochlear-implants-change-lives-of-Rock-River-Valley-teenagers
A vida tirara-me um sentido, e mais tarde a tecnologia devolveu-ma graciosamente, de braços estendidos perante a possibilidade, bastou escolher e isso é bonito de se ver. Decifrar os sons, no corpo de adulta mas criança ao mesmo tempo. É magia. O deslumbramento de um novo renascer.
National Geographic Portugal.
Surda Profunda desde 18 meses de causa não determinada.
Implantada no Hospital dos Covões - Coimbra.
Nucleus Freedom: 29/06/2007