Ava Pearson, 14 months old, can listen to bedtime stories and jiggle about to music thanks to the life-changing operation. She received first cochlear implant at 9 months and second cochlear implant at 12 months - Full article
So many people have no idea what is involved with a cochlear implant.
I have gotten pretty good at explaining it but this 4 minute movie may help some people... Like the lady staring at my daughter in the restaurant, or the people who say those are nice hair bows and wonder what is that device?
NBC.com has the full episode of Brick Reilly Episode NBC makes you watch some commercials but they separate into chapters and you can skip around. It is the May 26th episode the one with the ridiculous looking "Wolf" guy grimacing.
Besides the first ever Cochlear implant athlete on network TV there is a interesting dynamic in the episode between the female competitor De and her loving husband who is not pleased that his cocky wife couldn't win - 54:54 mark is the most telling moment.
Check out this still - I am sure the ride home was not a pleasant one.
The really remarkable thing was Brick Reilly dislocating his shoulder in the final gauntlet and continuing. That is mental toughness and I think most would have stopped. I can say I never have cared who wins on American Gladiator but when he hurt his shoulder I was like oh man can he hold him off? From Webmd Dislocated Shoulder I am sure they taped all the preliminary episodes to get the top 6? for the finals so I wonder if he had any time to recover and if they have already finished the show.