Hearing Again Jessica Stone's Recovery
Her story began nearly six months ago with a decision to go deaf in order to save her life.
Since then 23 year old Jessica Stone has taken quite a journey.
After her surgery in April, Jessica began chronicling her journey into silence through video blogs.
From her home in Muskegon, to her frequent trips to Chicago, to the moments before her cochlear implant surgery.
But it hasn't been an easy five months for Jessica, "I feel kind of left out and secluded on a lot of things."
Because even a simple walk along Lake Michigan, is filled with silent waves crashing on the beach, "Every day I wake up and I have to remind myself this is your life you have to keep doing this because I don't give up."
And Jessica hasn't. She was determined to learn to live in a deaf world.
Using her new blackberry to keep connected with friends and family, learning to drive without the radio, and she's even learned to play the drums by feeling the vibrations they make.
But after mastering her new skills, she finds herself at yet another crossroad in life, "Maybe I'll hear my dog whining to go outside in the morning or my dad playing guitar or be able to call my mom and tell her all the stupid things I did today."
Because maybe, Jessica will be able to hear again.
In September she underwent surgery for a cochlear implant.
Now, she's waiting to learn if her world will no longer be silent.
It means another trip to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a visit with another doctor, and unfortunately, shaving her head one more time to attach the implant.
Dr. Teresa Zwolan with the University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program begins with a series a beeps to test Jessica's hearing.
Jessica stone: "I think I'm getting something."
Jessica's mom and dad hold their breath--- waiting - hoping.
Jessica stone: "Yeah, I got it!"
But those first sounds are only a first step.
After all, they still need to learn whether or not Jessica can hear more than beeps but voices too.
"Hello Jessica one two three four five."
Jessica stone: "No I'm just getting beeping."
A few more adjustments...
Jessica stone: "1-2-3-4-5??
"beep beep beep"
Jessica: "beep, beep, beep?"
"Yeah, very good."
And for the first time in 5 months, she hears her parent's voices.
Dad: "I love you."
Jessica: "I love you?"
It's an unbelievable ending.
Jessica stone: 'I never thought I was going to hear my parents say I love you and I did today."
"I can hear again. I want to cry I'm so happy about it."
It even surprised her doctors Dr. Zwolan,"She's our first. She's our first like this and she's unique and she's special."