Our babies start hearing our voices before they're even born. Behind all the loud swishing blood flow and other noises they hear in utero, they hear the resonant vibrations of their mother's voice once they start developing their ear drums. But imagine if your baby didn't hear your voice until he was 2 years old.
Cooper is a toddler who was born deaf. But at the age of 2, he had cochlear implants that enabled him to hear at last. And we get to witness the first time he hears his mother's voice thanks to this video!
Oh the delight on his face! At first it's hard to tell if the reason why he keeps pointing to his ear is because he's experiencing hearing for the first time or because he's feeling the device there. But the joy he feels at hearing his mother is unmistakable.
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Parents of deaf children know you can lead a rich, full life without the use of your hearing. But this video of a child's first experience hearing is still exciting. While cochlear implants can't completely restore hearing, they can help profoundly deaf children learn to speak, and that's probably the goal with Cooper here. Good luck, kiddo!
Do you know any children who have had cochlear implants?
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