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Published on Jan 29, 2010
Two profoundly deaf kindergarten friends clearly articulate their cochlear implant presentation to their schoolmates. (Note: Advanced Bionics is the maker of AJ's and Gibson's cochlear implants) CAPTIONS / TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED BELOW:
0:00 [AJ] Hey...I'm AJ! Yahhh! [as he jumps] 0:09 [Gibson] Hi. My name's Gibson. I'm a 'Cub' and I'm in Mrs. Bleick's class. 0:19 [Gibson] People are special in different ways. 0:22 [AJ] One of the things that makes me feel special is that I'm deaf. 0:31 [Gibson] I'm deaf too - and deaf means that your ears can't hear. 0:36 [Gibson] AJ and I have special things to show you..they're called cochlear implants." 0:45 [AJ's mother speaking] Can you show us your cochlear implant? [Gibson turns to show it] that's Gibson's cochlear implant. [mother again...] What do they do buddy? 0:51 [Gibson] they help us hear. 0:53 [AJ] "Cochlear implant" is a big word so I call them CIs. 0:58 [AJ] "C" is for "cochlear" and the "I" is for ...[pause while he's thinking...] "implant". 1:08 [AJ] CIs are amazing 'cuz they're like bionic ears. 1:15 [Gibson] Sometimes my friends have questions about my CIs. 1:19 [AJ..pretending that he is someone asking a question] Hey, how does that thing stick to your head? 1:23 [mother speaking] Like which thing? 1:25 [AJ] My CI. 1:27 [mother] Can I see it? [as AJ turns his head to show one of his CI headpieces] 1:29 [mother again, pretending to be someone inquiring about his CI] Right there, you have something right there that sticks on. [referring to his headpiece] How does that stick? 1:35 [AJ] there's a magnet...there's a magnet inside. 1:40 [AJ] the magnet here..[showing his headpiece]...connects to the magnet in my head. 1:51 [AJ] the inside and the outside have to work together [gets hit in the face with the swing]. Gib!! [as he shouts at Gibson] 1:59 [Gibson] When I disconnect this [shows his headpiece]...I can't hear. 2:05 [AJ] When its on... [putting his headpiece in place] viola! I can hear. 2:10 [mother asks more questions] So... so do you ever take you CIs off? [Gibson] Yeah...when I go in the water...like before I go in the water and before I take a nap in the afternoon and before I take a nap at night. 2:28 [mother] Is there anything especially...like cool that you like about having your cochlear implants? 2:34 [AJ] Yes...at night I don't have to hear my little brother when I am asleep. 2:44 [Gibson] My baby brother...he cries in the car and when I don't like it...him doing that I just go "bup!" [flicks off his headpiece] ...I can't hear...[smiling] 2:55 [AJ] I don't have to listen to the neighbor's rooster crowing in the morning... 3:05 [rooster actually crows!] 3:06 [mother laughs and says] Did you hear it? 3:07 [AJ laughing] Yes!... [turns to ask Gibson who is out of view] Did you hear that Gib? 3:11 [mother] So, is there any special thing that your friends and classmates can do to help you with your CIs? 3:16 [Gibson] Yeah, I can show them my CI and then in case I ever lose it on the playground, they can help me find it. ...In case they see it too. 3:28 [mother] They can learn what it looks like, awesome!] 3:31 [Gibson holds up his behind-the-ear CI to show] 3:32 [mother] This is what Gibson's CI looks like...the outside piece. 3:37 [AJ eating candy cane] 3:38 [mother] Can you show me what your CI headpiece looks like? In case that would ever be on the playground...[AJ removes headpiece and holds it out to show] 3:47 [mother] ...and it comes detached - sometimes it can come detached like this...[illustrates how headpiece can be pulled off from the cord] ... and it might have a sticker or it might be plain. 3:58 [Gibson] Please keep water away from my CIs and please do not splash water at my CIs. 4:05 [AJ] One more way that you could help is by talking clearly to me... [long pause] No mumbling. 4:19 [AJ] That's all folks! 4:21 [Gibson] We're excited for making friends this year... 4:25 [both AJ and Gibson] Bridges rocks! [the name of their school] [jump off the swingset] 4:31 [thank you / ending to Michael Jackson's Black and White] - end -