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. Nearly three decades after being born profoundly deaf, an advancement in technology allowed Sarah to hear the voices of her own children clearly for the very first time.
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.
Book Type: PaperbackSize: 5.5″ x 8.5″ Pages: 144 ISBN: 978-0-9856033-5-9
About Sarah Churman
Sarah Churman was born legally deaf. Despite the challenges she faced through the years, she never let her disability define her. At the age of 29, she underwent surgery to implant an internal device designed to enable natural hearing. The powerful and emotional moment in which she heard a human voice clearly for the first time was captured on video.
It went viral, becoming a YouTube sensation and leading to memorable appearances on national television shows such as Ellen, The Today Show, and many others. She has used these public platforms to become a vocal advocate for insurance reforms benefiting the deaf and disabled, so that others may experience the world as fully as she can.
Although Sarah has discovered that not every sound is as sweet to her as the voices of her husband and two children, she finds unique joys every day in subtleties that many of us take for granted—from the trickle of water in a shower to the rustling of leaves on the ground. Currently, Sarah and her family enjoy the sounds of rural Texas.