A nine-week-old baby’s expression of utter surprise, when he hears his mother’s voice clearly for the first time thanks to hearing aids, has been captured on video.
Elijah Cook was born completely deaf in his left ear and able to hear only 75 decibels of noise with his right one, according to a description by his mother on her YouTube page.
Elijah’s mother, Ahavah Cook of Andover, Minnesota, wrote in a post for the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota that she and her husband, Jason Cook, knew it was possible that Elijah might have hearing loss because both of their fathers and mothers were deaf. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Elijah Cook’s expression of utter surprise, when he hears his mother’s voice clearly for the first time thanks to hearing aids, was captured on video.
Moreover, Jason himself had no hearing in one ear. Still, they were hoping for the best. Ahavah wrote:
When Elijah came back (from the first test), we were expecting good news because we have almost a dozen nieces and nephews that have no hearing issues.
Following tests at the Children’s Specialty Center, which is connected to the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Elijah was diagnosed with severe-profound sensorineural hearing loss.
One solution to the baby’s hearing loss would be tiny hearing aids which would allow Elijah to hear clearly as he grew up. He got his first hearing aids last month at just 9 weeks old.
2. Elijah Cook (pictured below with his sister Evelyn) was born completely deaf in his left ear and able to hear only 75 decibels of noise with his right one.
In the video below, Elijah looks surprised as his mother says his name and he begins blinking at the noise. Ahavah said:
The first time I saw him blink, I had a lot of emotions. I was trying really hard not to cry. I didn’t want him to see me cry. I was trying hard to keep it together and just talk to him.
Jason Cook explained that after the hearing aids were implanted, Elijah began making some noise of his own. He said:
The cooing is the big thing. He wasn’t very talkative, but ever since he was fitted for his hearing aids, he’s cooing more, he pays more attention.
3. Elijah hears his mom for the first time with the help of hearing aids.
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