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February 21, 2019

Deaf groom hears clapping for the first time after getting a special implant right before the wedding

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David Alianiello, who has had severe hearing loss for his entire life, was able to hear various sounds for the first time at his wedding after receiving an implant.

The 34-year-old Baltimore teacher tied the knot with Cortney at The Liriodendron mansion in Bel Air, Maryland recently, as reported by PEOPLE.

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“I’m looking forward to growing with my daughter and with the new baby and developing these new sounds and hearing them and identifying them."

With the help of a cochlear implant, an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear, Alianiello didn’t miss a sound at his big day.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I could hear the clapping! It was the first time I had ever heard clapping!” he told PEOPLE.

“It was fun to be able to experience the different sounds. The music was very nice when I danced with my wife — I could hear the higher beats!”

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HIS FAVORITE SOUND OF THE EVENING

Alianiello, who is expecting another child with Cortney, revealed to the news outlet that his most loved sound of the night was the clinking glasses.

"I’ve never heard that before. When my father-in-law gave a toast, everybody cheered and I could actually hear the clinking!” he said.

“That was really cool. Another cool sound was the music playing. I could hear the changes in the music. That was interesting.”

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Alianiello got the cochlear implant at University of Maryland Medical Center with his wife Cortney and daughter Skyli at his side.

He made a decision to receive a cochlear implant after hearing from another beneficiary who uncovered how her life had improved. 

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"LOOKING FORWARD"

Alianiello is now hoping to improve his love for his family.

“I’m looking forward to growing with my daughter and with the new baby and developing these new sounds and hearing them and identifying them,” he said, adding that he's very excited to hear the first words his new child expresses.

Alianiello has high hopes of enhancing his contributions to students at Villa Cresta Elementary School as well. 

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