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Sound & Fury Chapter 1

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(ocean waves breaking) (gulls calling) Marianne: DO YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOUNDS EVERYWHERE? (gull calls) (foghorn blows) I KNOW THAT YOU DON'T HEAR THEM, BUT EVERYWHERE THERE'S SOUND. WHEN YOU KNOCK ON A DOOR-- WHAT? RING A DOORBELL. THAT'S A SOUND, RIGHT. (Heather speaks indistinctly) WHAT'S THAT? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? OH, A LION? A LION, ROAR, RIGHT. EVERYTHING MAKES A SOUND. (Heather speaking indistinctly) YOU'RE GOING TO BE RIGHT BACK? I SAID THAT IF YOU HAD A COCHLEAR IMPLANT YOU COULD TALK ON A TELEPHONE. ARE YOU TELLING AMANDA THAT? YOU TELL... WHAT ARE YOU TELLING AMANDA, WHAT? (speaks indistinctly) YOU'RE TELLING AMANDA ABOUT GETTING AN IMPLANT? (off-hook signal beeping on phone) (background music) Peter: I WAS THE OLDEST CHILD IN MY FAMILY, AND I'M DEAF. I WOULD NEVER SAY I PREFER TO BE HEARING. I REALLY AM HAPPY BEING DEAF. IT'S VERY PEACEFUL. WHO WOULD WANT TO CHANGE THAT? IN MY HEART I KNOW THIS IS WHO I AM. (interpreted): IF SOMEBODY GAVE ME A PILL THAT WOULD MAKE ME HEARING WOULD I TAKE IT? NO WAY. I'D WANT TO GO TO A HOSPITAL AND THROW IT UP AND GO BACK TO BEING DEAF. I WANT TO BE DEAF. SO WHEN ALL THREE OF MY CHILDREN WERE BORN DEAF, TOO I THOUGHT, "GREAT, MY KIDS ARE JUST LIKE ME." I STARTED SIGNING TO MY OLDEST, HEATHER WHEN SHE WAS A BABY IN MY ARMS. AND NOW I LOOK AT HER AND I'M AMAZED. AT FIVE, SHE'S ALREADY FLUENT IN SIGN. SO WHEN HEATHER CAME TO US AND SAID SHE WANTED THIS COCHLEAR IMPLANT IT REALLY UPSET ME. I FELT SHE WAS REJECTING ME AND MY WIFE. SHE WANTED TO BE DIFFERENT. SHE WANTED TO HEAR. Nita: (interpreted) IT'S VERY UNUSUAL FOR A FIVE-YEAR-OLD DEAF CHILD TO SAY THAT SHE WANTS TO HEAR AND SPEAK AND USE THE TELEPHONE. I THINK IT'S BECAUSE WE'RE THE ONLY DEAF FAMILY IN OUR WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD. HEATHER WANTS TO COMMUNICATE WITH HEARING PEOPLE. I UNDERSTAND HER MOTIVATION BUT I JUST WANT HER TO BE HAPPY THE WAY SHE IS. (interpreted): A HEARING PERSON REALLY CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU COULD BE HAPPY IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN DEAF BECAUSE EVERYONE THEY KNOW IS HEARING. SO WHEN MY BROTHER AND HIS WIFE HAD TWINS AND FOUND OUT ONE OF THEM WAS DEAF THEY WERE JUST DEVASTATED. Dr. Chute: THERE WE GO. (banging loudly) (banging drum) Mari: WHEN WE FOUND OUT PETER WAS DEAF WE WERE VERY UPSET. OH, YEAH. AND DESPITE THE DEAFNESS IN THE FAMILY WHEN WE FOUND OUT, IT WAS A DEVASTATING BLOW. PETER. FINISHED. Chute: I JUST HAVE A CD THAT I'D LIKE YOU TO LISTEN TO JUST TO SORT OF GET AN IDEA AS TO WHAT HEARING LOSS SOUNDS LIKE. THEY FILTERED OUT ALL OF THE FREQUENCY INFORMATION ABOVE 250 HERTZ EVEN MORE THAN WHAT YOUR SON IS GETTING RIGHT NOW. (muffled, incomprehensible audio of man's voice playing) THAT, WHAT YOU JUST HEARD-- THAT'S PROBABLY EVEN BETTER THAN WHAT YOUR SON IS GETTING RIGHT NOW. Chris: I'VE NEVER HEARD ANY SIMULATION OF THAT, SO IT'S PRETTY AMAZING. Mari: I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY COULD HEAR OR IF THAT'S CONSIDERED HEARING. (sobbing quietly) Chute: BEING AN AUDIOLOGIST FOR 25 YEARS IT NEVER GETS ANY EASIER FOR ME TO TELL A PARENT THAT THEIR CHILD IS DEAF. Mari: HEARING THAT C.D. AND THINKING ABOUT PETER... IT KILLED ME. A PART OF ME DIED.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 20 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Roger Weisberg, Jackie Roth, Julie Sacks
Director: Josh Aronson
Views: 1,179
Posted by: gateway on Dec 15, 2008

chapter 1 Two brothers debate about their deaf children getting a cochlear implant.

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