Coach Gets Cochlear Implant, Hears for the First Time in 70 Years

Source: Fox 43 News (Pa.)

Juniata High School (Pa.) head coach Gary Klingensmith has been legally deaf for almost 70 years.  The longtime coach started to lose his hearing when he was just 5 years old, after developing a high fever from a case of measles and mumps.

Finally in July, he decided to get a cochlear implant.

Linda recorded the moment they turned the device on for the very first time, calling it “one of the happiest days in our family’s lives.”

Klingensmith compares part of the implant to “a refrigerator magnet” that sticks on his head.

The medical technology works by going around the damaged part of the ear and stimulating the nerve that sends sound signals to the brain.

Gary’s doctors say it usually takes 6 months to a year to get the full benefit of a cochlear implant.  But even after just the first week, the results have been phenomenal.

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