Hearing Implant to Allow Woman to Hear First Musical at the Texas Theatre
PALESTINE- Severely hearing impaired since birth, Sarah Churman had learned to cope in a world where sounds came as white noise or as if they were under water. When Sarah was 29 she received a surgical implant that changed her life. Today she can hear the birds singing, her two daughters playing, and her husband’s snoring. Sarah will soon hear her first live musical at the Historic Texas Theatre on March 22. Sarah, her husband Sloan, and their two daughters will be special guests for the Opening Night performance of “Ghosts the Musical.”
In 2011, Sarah had surgery to implant a new device, The Esteem, into each ear. Her mother-in-law cashed in her retirement to part of the $60,000 bill. Before Sarah and her husband, Sloan, left for the hospital to have the surgery, Churman’s mother-in-law made one request of her son: film Sarah’s reaction to hearing for the first time. The 90-second clip has gone viral, having been viewed more than 15 million times.
Soon after the video of her hearing for the first time went viral, Sarah was featured on Ellen. She has now written a memoir entitled, “Powered On.”
Sarah will be at Old Magnolia Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m. for a book signing and sale. Have lunch at Old Magnolia and meet the author of “Powered On.”
“Powered On” is the uplifting, true story of Sarah Churman‘s amazing transition from a life without natural hearing to a new world of sound. In this deeply personal work, she reveals what it means to experience both sides of a disability-including the remarkable life skills and lessons she gained from years of being “inside herself,” the joys inherent in listening, and the importance of tuning out certain noises in the commotion that surrounds us all.
Sarah has also been invited to watch the Anderson County Roughnecks play March 23, at 3p.m. at the Palestine High School Stadium.
Join Sarah at the Texas Theatre and be part of a historical and moving event. The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Chef Simon at Sabor A Pasion, and East Texas made wines from Sweet Dreams Winery. Curtain opens at 7:30p.m.
Tickets are available from Education Unlimited, Dogwood Diner, and the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce.