Sunday, 30 September 2012
Deaf Film-maker hears for first time...
Growing up, Austin Chapman was mystified by people's reaction to music. He would poke fun at those around him who abandoned their composure to sing their favorite song or twirl around a dance floor. When someone wept at the tune of a ballad, he was bewildered. To him, music sounded "like trash."
It helped, but he was unable to hear anything clearly. Until now.
It was nearly midnight July 6 when he was able to hear his first song in its entirety: Mozart's "Lacrimosa."
Fitted with a new pair of hearing aids for the first time in years, Chapman was sitting in a car with his close friends and remembers the moment vividly: "I was blown away by the beauty of it. At one point of the song, it sounded like angels singing, and I suddenly realized that this was the first time I was able to appreciate music. Tears rolled down my face, and I tried to hide it. But when I looked over, I saw that there wasn't a dry eye in the car."