This Teen Girl’s Hearing Disorder Makes Every Sound Painful For Her | Megyn Kelly TODAY


SERIES “MAKING SENSE,” WE SERIES “MAKING SENSE,” WE BROUGHT YOU STORIES ABOUT THE
STRANGE AND FASCINATING WORLD OF STRANGE AND FASCINATING WORLD OF
THE HUMAN SENSES. THE HUMAN SENSES.
OUR NEXT STORY IS NO EXCEPTION, OUR NEXT STORY IS NO EXCEPTION,
FEATURING A TEENAGER WHOSE SENSE FEATURING A TEENAGER WHOSE SENSE
OF HEARING WAS CHANGED FOREVER OF HEARING WAS CHANGED FOREVER
BY A SINGLE SOUND. BY A SINGLE SOUND. WATCH. WATCH. TWO YEARS AGO, CINDY REDMAN WAS
YOUR AVERAGE TEENAGER.EDMAN WAS YOUR AVERAGE TEENAGER.
>>I HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS.>>I HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS.
I WAS SUPER SOCIAL. I WAS SUPER SOCIAL.
AND ALL MY FRIENDS AND I USED TO AND ALL MY FRIENDS AND I USED TO
GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY. GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY.
AND I WENT TO SCHOOL. AND I WENT TO SCHOOL.
IT WAS A NORMAL CHILDHOOD. IT WAS A NORMAL CHILDHOOD.
>>Reporter: HER MOTHER, LAURIE,>>Reporter: HER MOTHER, LAURIE, REMEMBERS A CHILD WHOSE SMILE
WAS CONTAGIOUS.LD WHOSE SMILE WAS CONTAGIOUS.
>>ALWAYS HAPPY.>>ALWAYS HAPPY.
ALWAYS HAPPY. ALWAYS HAPPY.
YOU KNOW, SHE WOULD WAKE UP IN YOU KNOW, SHE WOULD WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND LOOK AT ME AND
THE SMILE WOULD SPREAD ACROSSD THE SMILE WOULD SPREAD ACROSS
HER FACE. HER FACE. I WAS REALLY LUCKY.
>>Reporter: BUT IN THE FALL OF>>Reporter: BUT IN THE FALL OF
2016, WHILE AT A FRIENDS HOUSE, 2016, WHILE AT A FRIENDS HOUSE,
CINDY WAS TALKING ON HER CELL CINDY WAS TALKING ON HER CELL
PHONE AFTER BEING INSTRUCTED PHONE AFTER BEING INSTRUCTED
TWICE BY A PARENT OF HER FRIENDS TWICE BY A PARENT OF HER FRIENDS
TO PUT IT AWAY. TO PUT IT AWAY.
SHE SAYS HE SUDDENLY BLASTED AN SHE SAYS HE SUDDENLY BLASTED AN
AIR HORN IN CINDYS FACE, AIR HORN IN CINDYS FACE,
CHANGING HER LIFE FOREVER. CHANGING HER LIFE FOREVER.
>>I FELT LIKE A BURST IN MY>>I FELT LIKE A BURST IN MY
EAR, ALMOST LIKE A POP. EAR, ALMOST LIKE A POP.
AND THEN, PAIN JUST CAME RUSHING AND THEN, PAIN JUST CAME RUSHING
IN. IN.>>I THOUGHT IT WAS RUDE AND
SORT OF A JUVENILE THING FOR AN SORT OF A JUVENILE THING FOR AN
ADULT TO DO TO A KID. ADULT TO DO TO A KID.
>>Reporter: AN AIR HORN BLAST>>Reporter: AN AIR HORN BLAST
WITH REGISTER UP TO 130 WITH REGISTER UP TO 130
DECIBELS, A LEVEL THAT CAN CAUSE DECIBELS, A LEVEL THAT CAN CAUSE
PERMANENT HEARING OR LOSS. PERMANENT HEARING OR LOSS.
IN CINDYS CASE, DID THE IN CINDYS CASE, DID THE
OPPOSITE. OPPOSITE.>>IT WAS LIKE A STABBING OR A
BURNING.S LIKE A STABBING OR A BURNING. IT FELT LIKE LAVA WAS BEING
POURED INTO MY EARS.S BEING POURED INTO MY EARS.
>>Reporter: CINDYS MOTHER TOOK>>Reporter: CINDYS MOTHER TOOK
HER TO COUNTLESS SPECIALISTS, HER TO COUNTLESS SPECIALISTS,
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WENT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WENT
WRONG. WRONG.>>WE WENT TO A LOT OF DOCTORS>>WE WENT TO A LOT OF DOCTORS SAYING, THERES NO EAR SAYING, THERES NO EAR INFECTION. INFECTION. WE WERE FRUSTRATED LEAVING THE WE WERE FRUSTRATED LEAVING THE DOCTORS ALL THE TIME WITH NO DOCTORS ALL THE TIME WITH NO HELP. HELP.>>Reporter: FINALLY, AN ODOLOGY
CAME BACK WITH A CONDITION THATY CAME BACK WITH A CONDITION THAT
MAKES EVERYDAY NOISES NEARLY MAKES EVERYDAY NOISES NEARLY
IMPOSSIBLE TO TOLERATE. IMPOSSIBLE TO TOLERATE.
>>IT WAS A RELIEF TO FIGURE OUT>>IT WAS A RELIEF TO FIGURE OUT
WHAT IT WAS. WHAT IT WAS. I THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE A
TREATMENT.THERE WOULD BE A TREATMENT. I LATER LEARNED THERE WASNT.
>>ALL I COULD DO WAS SIT WITH>>ALL I COULD DO WAS SIT WITH
HER QUIETLY AND TELL HER I LOVE HER QUIETLY AND TELL HER I LOVE
HER AND HOPEFULLY IT WOULD PASS. HER AND HOPEFULLY IT WOULD PASS.
BUT NO. BUT NO.
CONSTANT FRUSTRATION. CONSTANT FRUSTRATION.
>>Reporter: EVEN THE FAINTEST>>Reporter: EVEN THE FAINTEST
OF SOUNDS LIKES THE PAIN OF SOUNDS LIKES THE PAIN
UNBEARABLE. UNBEARABLE.>>MY MIND GOES INTO PANIC WHEN
I HEAR A NOISE. INTO PANIC WHEN I HEAR A NOISE.
I PLUG MY EARS AND RUSH TO THE I PLUG MY EARS AND RUSH TO THE
NEAREST SAFE SPOT. NEAREST SAFE SPOT.
>>IF WE SEE A SMALL CHILD AND>>IF WE SEE A SMALL CHILD AND
WE SEE THEYRE GETTING WE SEE THEYRE GETTING
FRUSTRATED, WE MOVE QUICKLY. FRUSTRATED, WE MOVE QUICKLY.
I APOLOGIZE EVERY TIME I DROP I APOLOGIZE EVERY TIME I DROP
SOMETHING BECAUSE I KNOW IM SOMETHING BECAUSE I KNOW IM
HURTING HER. HURTING HER.>>Reporter: BECAUSE OF THE>>Reporter: BECAUSE OF THE PAIN, SHE HAS TO WEAR PAIN, SHE HAS TO WEAR NOISE-CANCELING EAR MUFFS AND IS
NOW HOMESCHOOLED.AR MUFFS AND IS NOW HOMESCHOOLED.
>>SHES LONELY.>>SHES LONELY.
VERY LONELY. VERY LONELY.
WE TRIED TO DO OUTINGS, TO DO WE TRIED TO DO OUTINGS, TO DO
FUN THINGS. FUN THINGS.
AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE SUCCESS. AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE SUCCESS.
AND A LOT OF TIMES WE DONT. AND A LOT OF TIMES WE DONT.
>>Reporter: BUT THROUGH IT ALL,>>Reporter: BUT THROUGH IT ALL,
CINDY IS DETERMINED TO FORGE CINDY IS DETERMINED TO FORGE
AHEAD AND BRING AWARENESS TO HER AHEAD AND BRING AWARENESS TO HER
CONDITION ON YOUTUBE. CONDITION ON YOUTUBE.>>IM HOME BOUND BECAUSE MY>>IM HOME BOUND BECAUSE MY SCHOOL IS TOO LOUD FOR ME.
>>I THINK EVENTUALLY THERE WILL>>I THINK EVENTUALLY THERE WILL
BE A CURE. BE A CURE.
IT MIGHT NOT BE IN MY LIFETIME. IT MIGHT NOT BE IN MY LIFETIME.
BUT THERE WILL BE EVENTUALLY. BUT THERE WILL BE EVENTUALLY.
>>WE REACHED OUT MULTIPLE TIMES>>WE REACHED OUT MULTIPLE TIMES
FOR COMMENT FROM HER FRIENDS FOR COMMENT FROM HER FRIENDS
PARENT. PARENT. WE DID NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE. WE DID NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE. AS FOR CINDY, SHE IS COMMITTED

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