A deaf Utah teacher shares videos about life with cochlear implants | The Salt Lake Tribune

Emilee Segura, an early intervention specialist at The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, has been working with 2-year-old Lucy Bentley since the girl was 3 months old.

Both teacher and student were born deaf, and both have cochlear implants — electronic devices that can convert sound waves into impulses sent to the auditory nerve.

On a visit to the Bentley house in September, with a reporter and photographer along for this article, something happened that surprised Segura and Lucy’s mother, Megan.

Megan Bentley had pulled out her phone to keep Lucy occupied during the interview, and picked a song: “Baby,” a 2010 hit by Justin Bieber. Lucy — who at the time was learning colors, how to tell the difference between big and small objects, and remembering two objects to give to someone else — started singing along.

When Lucy asks Segura to do the appropriate American Sign Language signs to accompany the lyrics, the toddler mimics the signs.

“A year ago? Nothing,” Segura said, beaming at Lucy’s progress. “It’s amazing to see her develop.”

It’s everyday moments like that, Segura said, that give her job its joy and magic.

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