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Film celebrates success of implanted hearing aid

2012/07/01 17:34:21

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) The success of a hearing aid that is surgically implanted is the focus of a new film that was released Sunday.

The 15-minute film features a seven-year-old girl and two women, who describe the difference the cochlear implant has made to their lives.

"When she heard the music, she danced to it; she was very happy," the mother of the girl said, describing the result of the implant as a "miracle."

The hearing aid, invented in Australia, is an electronic device that is surgically implanted to produce useful hearing sensations to a person with severe to profound nerve deafness. It works by electrically stimulating nerves in the inner ear.

One of the women in the film, the first female in Taiwan to obtain the implant 20 years ago, said she made the decision because she wanted to hear her daughter call her "mom."

"It is really good to hear sounds again," she added.

Apart from featuring three main people, the film also documents the fact that 1,500 Taiwanese have benefited from cochlear implants.

Dozens of hearing-impaired children and their families attended the launch of the film, with many of the children giving musical performances.

Former Vice President Vincent Siew said at the ceremony that the cochlear implant has helped him to "communicate with people" and "lead a quality life" since he suffered some hearing damage a few years ago.

Australia's representative to Taiwan Kevin Magee said he was pleased to see that cochlear implants have helped many young hearing-impaired people in Taiwan.

The device has allowed deaf children to learn to speak and is also a popular choice among older people who have suffered hearing loss.

Some 400 babies in Taiwan are born with hearing problems, according to the Department of Health.

(By Elaine Hou)