Watch live as a woman hears for the first time in 5 years

Watch Eleanor Day as she hears her husbands voice for the first time in 5 years.


Kris Holt

Internet Culture

Published Oct 10, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 9:40 am CDT

Eleanor Day may well hear sound on her own for the first time in five years today, and you can watch her amazing experience right here, live.

Featured Video Hide

Day had surgery to have cochlear implants placed in her ears last week, which the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle shared live on Twitter.

Advertisement Hide

The surgery went smoothly, and Day is scheduled to have the implants switched on at an 8:30am PT appointment today. Day, 79, consented to have the implant switch-on shared with the entire world via livestreaming video.

The hospital will provide commentary on Twitter and a centralized page for the facility’s hearing loss campaign. At 10am and 6pm PT, Day, surgeon Dr. Douglas Backous, audiologist Stacey Watson, and Karen Utter (president of the Wash. State Chapter of the National Hearing Association) will hold live chats to discuss the procedure and answer questions. The first of these chats will be viewable in the embedded widget below.

In the meantime, watch as Day hopes to hear her husband’s voice, without the need for hearing aids, for the first time in half a decade:

Advertisement Hide



Photo of Eleanor Day via @instadroo/Instagram

Share this article
*First Published: Oct 10, 2012, 10:48 am CDT