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Cluinneam!/The Switch-On

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Tha leth mhillean duine air feadh an t-saoghail air an claisneachd fhaighinn air ais ri linn 's rud air am bheil cochla fuadain. 'S tha na clàraidhean iongantach sin dhe'n thachair nuair a fhuair iad cochla fuadain air sgaoileadh air "you tube" - air am faicinn leis na milleanan de dhaoine.

Anns na coig bliadhna fichead a dh'fhalbh, tha Ionad Cochla Fuadain na h-Alba aig Ospadal Chrosshouse ann an Cill' Mhàrnaig air cobhair a thoirt do chòrr air mìle is ceithir chiad neach.

Ach thathas dhe'n bheachd nacheil an sin ach earran bheag dhe'n fheadhainn aig a bheil feum air.

Seo sgeulachd chòignear a th'air slighe air leth mhìorbhuileach - fear a tha'n eisimeil a hlaisneachd airson obair a ghleidheadh, deugaire a bha seinn aon mhionaid 's a chaill a claisneachd ann an seachdainean, agus seanair a tha dìreach ag iarraidh còmhradh a dheanamh ris na h-oghaichean aige. Ach tha meatair 'na luib - dh'fhaodadh e bhith 'na cheum gu saoghal ùr, air neo a' bheagan claisneachd a th'ac' a thoirt air falbh gu tur.

Half a million profoundly deaf people across the world have had their hearing restored thanks to cochlear implantation, and the extraordinary clips of their cochlear implant being 'switched on' have become popular on the internet - shared and watched by millions.

Over the past 25 years, the Scottish Cochlear Implant Unit at Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, have implanted 1400 people. But the staff here believe that represents only a fraction of the people who need it. This film follows five patients on an extraordinary emotional journey. From the signmaker whose job depends on the implant working, to the teenage girl who went from competitive singer to profoundly deaf over the summer holidays, and the grandfather who desperately wants to be able to
hear his grandchildren.

The stakes are high - the implant may give them their hearing back, but it could also take what's left of it away.
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