Christina Mead

The Miracle of Sound: An Interview With Sarah Churman

Listen to our interview with Sarah Churman

Have you ever thought about how many things we take for granted? . . . Things like sounds, for instance. Imagine what your life would be like if you couldn’t hear your phone ring, the microwave beep, or the doorbell? What if you couldn’t go to the movie theater or hear birds?

That’s what life was like for Sarah Churman until last fall. She was born deaf and last fall received an implant that allows her to hear. You’ve probably never heard of her before, but you might recognize her if you were one of the 12 million people who saw the viral YouTube video, “29 years old and hearing myself for the first time.”

She shared her story with me and I was blown away by the beautiful faith that she has in God. If I were deaf from birth, I don’t know if I would have the strength to not be mad about it, and say that I trust God has a purpose for everything. But Sarah is able to say that. She had hearing aids from the age of 2, but was only able to hear garbled, muffled sounds, as if she were under water. She learned to speak and understand others by reading lips, and watching mouth, tongue, and body movement.

Check out the video if you’ve never seen it! And listen to what she has to say about her experience and the miraculous story of God’s hand in it all.

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Christina Mead

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I'm just striving for sainthood through lots of imperfect ways. I daydream about heaven, where I want to be the patron saint of lifeguards. I think I might paint my nails just so I can pick it off. I wrote a book about Mary and what she taught us about being a Catholic girl. It's called "That One Girl" and I think you'd like it! You can email me at [email protected], or follow me on Twitter @LT_Christina.