Movie From Silence to Sound

When Justin Garrett went to his doctor for a hearing test, the doctor asked him if he was deaf. He paused for a moment, as though taking in the question. Then he answered, “Yes.”

The doctor then asked if Justin had ever been physically or emotionally abused by a parent?

Justin paused again and then said, “Yes.” His father had abused him when Justin was an infant and Justin’s mother committed suicide when his brother was about 2 years old.

The doctor then asked if Justin was on any medications for depression or anxiety? The answer to that question is no.

Then the doctor asked if Justin had ever been raped? Justin hesitated but then said yes. He says it happened when he was 12 years old, but the details are hazy; he remembers that he and his friend were walking home from school one morning and they ran into some people who were setting fire to an abandoned house. When they ran inside the burning building, they found that the fire wasn’t coming from them but from someone else inside the burning building who was trying to get out of there; it turned out that there were a lot of people inside who didn’t know how to get out of there safely because they couldn’t hear anything or see anything around them (they couldn’t hear or see anything because their ears were plugged with cotton) and so nobody could tell them what to do (because their vision was blocked by smoke). The fire spread through many floors of the building very quickly and several people died in that fire (Justin has vague memories of talking about some of those deaths with his family). They found out later on that the person among those who died in that fire wasn’t even deaf; she just hadn’t been able to hear or see anything around her because her hearing or seeing abilities were blocked by something in her head blocking all sensory data which came into her mind while she slept at night).

The point is this: we have created a reality where millions of people suffer silently because they cannot hear sound but can only feel it – without being able to tell anybody what happened in there – without being able to see anything around them so nobody could help them – except us who can help them by knowing what happened inside their minds while they slept at night. If you think this sounds like something which would be impossible for a human being, then you are right. But it isn’t impossible

The Surgery

According to the Pew Research Center, more than 20 million Americans are either deaf or hard-of-hearing. And in this country, as in many others, there is a great deal of confusion about what it means to be deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The confusion is not just academic: it affects people’s lives in ways that are shockingly obvious to most everyone else. The key question is whether we really mean “hard-of-hearing” when we say “deaf.” Many professionals confuse the terms, thinking that if someone isn’t able to hear a sound, they must be deaf. This is an extremely common error (not least due to the fact that hearing loss and being hard of hearing are so different) and can have serious repercussions for individuals who have been diagnosed with LDH (lame disease).

You might think this condition would apply only to conditions that are medically addressed — like brain damage — but LDH is actually a group of disorders affecting people’s inner ear and nervous system. And while it affects hearing ability, not all LDH patients experience hearing loss; many only experience problems with balance or motion perception. This means that LDH patients can also be deaf!

So how does one diagnose LDH? The answer depends on each person’s symptoms and medical history: Some doctors simply look for a history of ear infections; some may use audiometry tests (that measure sound waves transmitted from the ears); some may conduct an ESD test (whereby tissue samples are analysed under a microscope) as part of their clinical workup; some will use blood tests to detect genetic mutations; some will use brain imaging studies; and some may even diagnose LDH based on symptoms alone.

New Life

In an effort to expand his family’s home theater, Justin drives down from his home in Colorado to Los Angeles with a friend and a friend of his brother’s. They check into a hotel as they wait for their friend’s car to be repaired. They decide they will eat at McDonald’s instead of breakfast and get cheap food because they don’t want to show up late for work anyway.

They have never had reason to travel by car other than the occasional overnighter when they were teenagers so they become comfortable driving it. They buy the car and move out of their apartment into it while they wait for it to be fixed but when it is finally finished, Justin is disappointed that he didn’t get to drive it more than once or twice before he died.

The movie that follows tells how two young men come together after finding out about each other through their parents’ divorce and how this new friendship changes one man’s life as well as the lives of others who come into contact with them during the course of their new relationship. Laini Taylor writes about this story in her latest novel “The Moth Diaries,” which was released earlier this year.


In 1982, a deaf and hard-of-hearing young man named Justin Garrett was attending a deaf school in Waco, Texas. After being told by his teachers he couldn’t attend a nearby school for the hearing-impaired, he moved to San Antonio and began studying Portuguese as a second language at the nearby University of Texas.

Garrett had been amazed by the stories he heard of hearing people and how they were often able to communicate even when they couldn’t hear what was being said. He had also been fascinated with movies, particularly silent movies. He wanted to be an actor but didn’t know how.

So one day the teacher who had previously told him he could not pursue speech or hearing training came into class and asked if anyone knew any deaf actors that she could recommend. One of the students raised his hand: “I think I can do it … I can do it!” Without telling her class she called in Garrett, who was speechless as soon as he heard her voice; then she got him up on stage and put him in front of the microphone for an audition for the school play that was about to start.

Sure enough, after Garrett performed beautifully on stage (as well as interpreting slave songs from Cuba), he got a call from her asking him if he would consider doing a film about this experience. Garrett agreed without hesitation and went on to score an Oscar nomination for Best Actor (for “Elephant Walk”). Over time Garrett found that not just hearing but also speaking enabled him to perform better than anyone else in class — for example, when he went on stage at Carnegie Hall with director John Williams to make his debut performance there after years of trying — because no one could read what was being said or hear him speak clearly over their heads or hear each other clearly over their ears.