Documentary On Newstalk – “I Hear A Sound"

"I Hear A Sound" explores groundbreaking new technology which restores hearing to people who are profoundly deaf.

Documentary On Newstalk – “I Hear A Sound"

Barbara Jameson with her new cochlear implant

Produced and presented by Angie Mezzetti, ‘I Hear A Sound’ follows two patients, Michael Ferris and Barbara Jameson, as they embark on a sonic odyssey back to the hearing world following their cochlear implant surgery in Beaumont Hospital.

A second chance to hear this moving programme. Tune in to Newstalk 106-108fm this Sunday 15th July at 8am.

Imagine losing the ability to hear birds sing, or the sound of rain on the car windscreen. What if you couldn’t hear your favourite song or the news on the radio or your baby’s cry? Then imagine the joy of having that facility restored to you even after a sixty year absence. Thanks to Dr Laura Viani and her multi disciplinary team in Beaumont Hospital the Cochlear Implant programme is doing just that, performing miracles on a weekly basis for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. While it does not work for everyone, Michael Ferris 84 and Barbara Jameson in her fifties, have high hopes of getting their hearing back through a Cochlear Implant. It’s going to take time, determination, hard work and the support of family and friends to make a go of it.

Both Michael and Barbara have very different hearing loss stories so will they have equally successful outcomes? The documentary follows both people over a year during their regular hospital visits and tuning and counseling sessions in Beaumont. Away from the hospital environment we witness the effect on family members and friends at home in Galway and Dublin and see the impact of the DeafHear support organization at a group event in Portlaoise. 

Galway man Michael Ferris now in his eighties lost almost all of his hearing during the Suez crisis in 1956 and has been without his hearing for over sixty years. He is good humoured, charming and lives a full life but misses two-way interaction and gets frustrated listening to the television and muddling through in social gatherings. One of his desires is to get back on the dance floor and start socialising again.

Barbara Jamesons’s hearing loss is more recent and she too gets embarrassed and isolated in company. Her biggest wish is to go to her daughter’s wedding in August and to hear her take her vows. She is also looking forward to hearing the sound of rain on the velux windows and to hearing birds sing again.

Founded and run by Dr. Laura Viani, the Cochlear Implant unit in Beaumont Hospital is a good news story for the HSE. The hospital’s reputation in the area is renowned internationally and the programme also shows how the unit collaborates with other leading institutions worldwide.

Other characters featured in the documentary are Cochlear Implant recipients Sally Harvest an internationally known expert trainer and facilitator, Maria Mezzetti sister of the producer and Madeleine Kennedy from Waterford.

Have your tissues ready this is an emotional roller coaster!

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CREDITS: ‘I Hear A Sound’ is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's Sound & Vision Scheme with the television license fee,

Produced & Presented by Angie Mezzetti of Ocarina Productions.

Sound editing by Patrick Wall. Music by Chris O’Donnell of Qzack.

I Hear A Sound was originally broadcast on Newstalk in August 2017.

LISTEN LIVE ON AIR: Tune in to Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 15th July at 8am.

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE: ‘I Hear A Sound’ can be listened to online at: www.newstalk.com

PODCAST: Podcast available at:  www.newstalk.com/documentaryonnewstalk 

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