Sarah Churman, the Formerly Deaf Mother Who Was ‘Powered On’ and Now Hears, Will Appear Friday on ABC’s 20/20

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Months after becoming a viral YouTube sensation, Churman is still adjusting to a world of sound.

Sarah Churman was born legally deaf with a severe sensorineural hearing loss. 29 years later, through a miracle of modern technology, the married mother of two heard the voices of her children for the first time. Following surgery to implant the device that enabled her to hear, the powerful and emotional moment in which she heard a human voice for the first time was recorded to video and went viral, becoming a YouTube sensation. Friday, she appears on ABC’s '20/20' to tell the story of her transition from a cocoon of silence to a world of trepidation and discovery.

Churman recently appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper and on the syndicated show 'Ellen', where host Ellen DeGeneres called the post-surgery video footage “the most moving thing I’ve ever seen.”

Churman is still adjusting to the experience of hearing and she claims to have felt a variety of “mixed emotions” during the process. Many sounds are still jarring for her, but others bring her “so much joy,” she says, most notably the voices of her husband and two daughters and, not surprisingly, music: “I get the full spectrum of it now, and it’s amazing.”

Churman’s odyssey is now being turned into a deeply personal book called 'Powered On', which will soon be released by Indigo River Publishing. In it she details her life’s journey and offers unique insights from the perspective of a woman who has experienced both sides of a disability, from the remarkable life skills and lessons she gained through years of silence to the noises she willfully chooses to tune out in a world of sound.

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