Documentary on Jeanne’s ear

December 20, 2012

Ma surdité était devenue un handicap.

DOCUMENTARY ON JEANNE’S EAR

Ottawa, Wednesday, December 19, 2012– It’s been a year and a half since Jeanne Choquette was selected to receive a cochlear implant, which is an electronic device that stimulates the auditory nerve and sends the auditory information to the brain. On December 22 2012, RDI will broadcast a French documentary called L’oreille de Jeanne at 11h30 am. It will be rebroadcasted on January 5th 2013 at 10h30 pm.

“I was eight years old when my teacher realized that I had a hearing problem”, tells Jeanne, director at C’est ça la vie. “At the age of 21, I learned to read lips. At 51 years old, I was completely deaf of an ear and I heard four words out of 10 in the other one. My hearing impairment had become a real handicap”.

In medicine, this surgery is not new, but it changed Jeanne’s life. Julie Huard filmed all the different stages of Jeanne’s story: before, during and after the cochlear implant, a great adventure that lasted nearly two years. “It was a privilege for me to accompany Jeanne through out this adventure,” says director Julie Huard. “With the release of this documentary, we hope to inspire other people that have the same hearing problem as Jeanne”.

“Before having my implant, I knew I was deaf, but I did not realize to which point” says Jeanne. “Since I received my implant, I am continuously amazed by it”.

In addition to the appearances on RDI, Radio-Canada of Ottawa-Gatineau will also broadcast the documentary on January 3rd, 2013 at 6h30 pm. Also, as of January 4th 2013, the documentary will be available on Radio-Canada Ottawa- Gatineau’s website  at www.radio-canada.ca/ottawa-gatineau.