October 03, 2011
The video skyrocketed to fame on Friday when it was viewed over 1.7 million times on that day alone. YouTube data shows that views started to spike very late Thursday night when it was posted on social bookmarking site Reddit.
The chart below show's how quickly the video has taken off in popularity:
The documenting and sharing of seemingly very personal moments is nothing new on YouTube, but this is the second massively popular example we've seen in the past month. (See: DADT Trending Video: 'Telling My Dad that I'm Gay')
In fact, this is actually not the first video of a deaf person gaining their hearing to draw a big audience. A video -- similar in concept -- of a little boy having his implant activated was posted last summer and it's been seen over a million views to date as well: