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Hear and Now is a deeply personal memoir by Emmy(r) Award-winning filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky about her deaf parents' decision to undergo risky cochlear implant surgery - the only one of its kind that can restore a sense. At 65, Sally and Paul Taylor decided they wanted to hear their first symphonies, their children's voices, and talk on the phone. This fascinating, 85-minute documentary follows the couple's complex, moving journey from the silent world they knew to a new - and often profoundly challenging - world of sound. Interweaving home video footage with behind-the-scenes moments of the Taylors before and after their operations, on doctor's visits, and in their daily lives, the film is a touching and highly emotional exploration of the psychological dimensions of adapting to a restored sense of hearing. Having been hearing impaired their entire lives, the Taylors must learn to recognize what they are hearing and, in the process, discover just how subjective the sense of sound can be.

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  • Directors: Irene Taylor Brodsky
  • Writers: Irene Taylor Brodsky
  • Producers: Eve Epstein
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NKMCBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hear and Now" on IMDb

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kasi Possehl on January 8, 2010
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My previous review said that I did not order this DVD due to it not being closed captioned. Thanks to a very nice lady I was given the information I needed to know, that it was indeed captioned. I do know that as a person with hearing impairment, I have to be extra careful about the DVDs I do purchase, some of them just are not captioned and thankfully that is getting to be less and less of a problem!

Being hearing impaired myself I was told by my doctor to do some research on cochlear implant surgery. After watching the DVDs and obtaining all the information I could about them I made the decision not to get one. I do just fine with hearing aids and the hearing I still have at the moment, but it will be an option I would be willing to consider in the future. Regardless of my decision, this is a great documentary for anyone considering having the surgery, or who knows someone who will be having the cochlear implant surgery in the future. This DVD, along with the Sound and Fury DVD were very helpful to me.

Thank you very much Sally for helping me out, I will definitely order this DVD now that I have seen it on netflix and know that it is captioned. I just hate spending money on something to find out that I am unable to enjoy it. I have done that before and I know plenty of deaf people who have as well. As for the rude comment made by Mr. Daniel L. Schwartz who seems to know it all, a simple correction would have sufficed. I don't see a reason to stoop as low as grade school name-calling to prove your point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on January 8, 2010
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I teach American Sign Language at a high school in South Texas, and after seeing this documentary tonight, I cannot wait to show it to my second year students. It is a documentary that fully explores the emotional and physical aspects of cochlear implant surgery while sharing with viewers an incredible story of love. The cinematography, the music, the heartwarming family scenes....every detail of this documentary is fabulous. I also loved the footage of Sally and Paul Taylor from their childhood in the 1940's, including their time at the Central Institute for the Deaf in Missouri. This is undoubtedly the finest piece I have seen in a very long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Truszkowski on November 25, 2009
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I viewed this before it came out on a video. I am purchasing it to show my ASL students how Deaf people see the CI situation in some cases. I have been waiting for a year for this video to come out and I think that is wonderful that Irene was able to document this journey of her parents through the trials and triumphs of her parent's CI experience. It is a wonderful video with some important concepts to be taught for hearing people who are studying not only ASL but also Deaf Culture... Good JOB IRENE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teri on April 1, 2013
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There was no closed caption for the narrator, only the subjects in the documentary. It would have been helpful to a deaf person to get her prospective.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Schwartz on December 20, 2010
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I strongly recommend this movie for anyone who already has a cochlear implants, prospective CI candidates or parents of kids with CI's; and also all Audiologists, whether practicing or are studying to become one, as filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky accidentally documented two avoidable CI failures, with Sally's worse than Paul's.

Watch the movie twice: The first time, just sit back and enjoy the story with your entire family, as any member of the viewing public would do so, as that alone rates a good Four Stars. But then, watch the second half again, from the implant surgery forward through 1st stim and subsequent MAP's to the end.

Notice something missing?! HINT: Sally Taylor has personally told me this is the most common question asked at film screenings.

---> WHERE IS THE FOLLOWUP AUDITORY THERAPY? <---

That's right, Paul and (especially) Sally were victimized by their CI center, with poor quality 1st stim, followup MAPs, and the total *lack* of auditory (re)habilitation. This is a superb documentary of an absolute, miserable #FAIL by the Audiology profession, *especially* in Rochester, NY, which has 90,000 deaf residents -- The highest concentration in the world. In fact, both Sally and Paul are retirees from NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf; one of eight Colleges at RIT), so it's not like deafness is an unknown quantity among the healthcare profession in the area.

If you already watched the edited version on HBO, buy the DVD anyway as it has an additional 20 minutes that didn't make the cut, mostly of booth testing... But it's worth it to those to both groups -- Hearing healthcare professionals and hearing impaired patients & their families.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Real on January 20, 2010
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I loved this show when it was on HBO and wanted to share it with someone who is a candidate for a cochlear implant. I thought it was good to see what the difference could be between expectation, surgical experience, and results. Unfortunately, the DVD doesn't play on a DVD player/recorder it must be a DVD player only. Wish I would have known.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jz on January 1, 2012
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I saw this on HBO and wished I had recorded it so I could see it again. As an audiologist, I am very interested in CI and the emotional effects of them. Great documentary on a couple who had been deaf most of their lives and how the CI affected them. Will watch again and again!
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