You know when you get so used to something, it begins to feel normal — even if it isn't? Elmer Mazza had slowly begun to lose his hearing, eventually to the point of becoming functionally deaf. Unable to follow a conversation or engage with others, Elmer started slipping into his own little world. As you can imagine, this was incredibly hard for both Elmer and his wife Marlene who eventually became "his ears."
After his family encouraged him to talk with a doctor about cochlear implant surgery, he decided to follow through with it. This is the very moment the implant is turned on for the first time.