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Caesar Marino hoped to hear birds chirp again, perhaps the hushed little voices of grandchildren. Mostly deaf since age seven, Marino, 63, had a cochlear implant surgically implanted within the inner ear during a procedure at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview recently. The implant is a complex electronic device to help people with severe to profound hearing impairment hear and it was turned on for the first time on Feb. 3. In this photo:] Marino, of Little Canada, reacted after hearing a computer-generated tone from audiologist Emily Farmer, left, as Marino's wife Jackie, right, looked on. After the device was tested Marino said: "Is that me talking? Holy! I'm gonna change my voice. I sound like Donald Duck here. 'What's up doc?'" Marino said, laughing. " Two weeks later Marino, who has three sons, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, said his ability to hear was steadily improving. Marino said he had become angry at times over the years about being deaf and not achieving some of his dreams - including becoming a radio announcer and a pilot. But now, he said, his happiness level was rising. "So let's say I was a 7 or 8. I'm a 10. I'm a ten now because of what I'm hearing and what I'm anticipating... I'm feeling another sense of a whole 'nother world coming."

David Joles, Star Tribune

Hearing opens 'whole 'nother world'

  • Article by: DAVID JOLES
  • March 5, 2010 - 7:15 PM

Caesar Marino of Little Canada had been mostly deaf since age 7 and longed to hear birds chirp again. Now at age 63, he can, thanks to a cochlear implant performed recently at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. When the implant was turned on for the first time, Marino heard a computer-generated tone from audiologist Emily Farmer. “Is that me talking?” he asked. “Holy! I’m gonna change my voice. I sound like Donald Duck here. ‘What’s up doc?’” Two weeks later Marino said his ability to hear was steadily improving and enriching the life he shares with his wife, Jackie, three sons, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. “So let’s say I was a 7 or 8. I’m a 10. I’m a 10 now because of what I’m hearing and what I’m anticipating... I’m feeling another sense of a whole ’nother world coming.”

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