IT IMPACTS 70 MILLION PEOPLE WORLD-WIDE - THAT'S HOW
MANY ARE DEAF ACCORDING TO THE WORLD FEDERATION OF
-- MICHELLE --
ONE MADISON WOMAN - A MOTHER - HAS BEEN DEAF HER ENTIRE
ONLY NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER TELLS US - WHAT
SHE MISSED MOST.
WAS THE SOUND OF HER CHILDREN'S VOICES.
i got four children, four girls and one boy.
AND GETTING EVERYONE OUT THE DOOR AND OFF TO SCHOOL
IS THE CHALLENG YOU WOULD EXPECT - ONLY MORE.
do we have any tooth brushes...tooth brushes.
IT ISN'T THAT MOM DOESN'T KNOW - SHE JUST NEVER HEARD
i've been having this problem since i was born
IT ISN'T EASY.
SHE WANTS ONLY TO HEAR HER CHILDREN'S VOICES -TO BE
PART OF THINGS.
it's so hard to hear, but i pretend sometimes.
ON THIS MORNING - THE PRETENDING WILL END.
she's excited but right now at the same time nervous.
IN A FEW HOURS DOCTORS AT MERITER HOSPITAL WILL PERFORM
SURGERY THAT WILL ALLOW HER TO HEAR USING WHAT IS
CALLED A BAJA.
with this technology basically we're able to get the
sound directly to the inner ear.
i tell patients it is sort of like if a bridge is
out we're sort of finding an alternate way to get
the sound to the inner ear.
IT MEANS THE NEXT TIME HER FIVE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER
DOES THIS - SHE'LL HEAR THE WORDS.
you know we take it for granted.
you know her world is sitting around with conversation
with friends not hearing everything and nodding her
head just so she doesn't have to keep saying, excuse
me can you repeat that.
so she's excited for that.
beep, beep, beep, beep
SURGERY WILL ALLOW THE BAJA DEVICE TO BE ATTACHED
TO THE BONE BEHIND HER EAR.
ONCE IT HEALS AND THE DEVICE IS TURNED ON - HER LIFE
it is such a gratifying thing.
you're really basically giving someone their life
it's not on right now, so i'm going to snap it on.
A SMALL DEVICE - THAT ONCE TURNED ON - WILL MAKE A
BIG DIFFERENCE IN A LIFE.
i'm able to hear them.
i can hear everything now.
AND FOR A MOTHER - THAT'S REALLY WHAT THIS IS ALL
its a frustrating problme which is understandable
with other people and i'm hoping that other people
that have the same problem like me try it.
it is a miracle.
it is a miracle.
it's a huge difference.
it's a life changer.
THIS IS DAVE DELOZIER, NEWS 3
NEIL BROWN HAS PERFORMED THE BAJA SURGERY NEARLY ONE
HUNDRED TIMES WHILE AT THE MAYO CLINIC.
THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IT WAS DONE AT MERITER HOSPITAL
IN MADISON .
THEY BELIEVE THEIR ARE OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY WHO
COULD BENEFIT FROM THE PROCEDURE.