Deaf Baby Hears Parents for First Time with Hearing Aids - WATCH
Baby delights parents with reaction to sounds
A baby girl in Harrogate, England, delighted her parents with her reaction when she could finally hear their voices thanks to a special hearing aid.
Georgina Addison’s father posted a video of his daughter squealing and smiling when the hearing devices began to work.
“So we just turned your hearing on. Can you say hello to everybody?” Addison’s wife, Louise, is heard saying.
In response, Georgina squeals at her mother and waves her tiny arms.
“That’s a very loud, hello!” her mother says.
When their baby was born, she was diagnosed with Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL), which is the result of damage to the inner ear, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s website.
The site states:
Problems with the nerve pathways from your inner ear to your brain can also cause SNHL.
Soft sounds may be hard to hear. Even louder sounds may be unclear or may sound muffled.
This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Most of the time, medicine or surgery cannot fix SNHL. Hearing aids may help you hear.
Doctors found Georgina had the condition when they performed a newborn hearing screening, according to an interview with the mother on BBC Breakfast.
“So she failed that test, we went for more tests, and it obviously developed from there," she said.
"So we’ve had these hearing aids from when she was about six weeks old. So we’ve had a bit of time to get used to them now. And yeah, when you put them on, it’s just brilliant,” she added.
Paul said before his daughter was given hearing aids, she failed to react to sounds.
But once Georgina was able to hear, the difference was astounding.
“You do notice a remarkable difference I have to say, and that is the essence of the video, really,” he said.
The father promised the family would keep everyone updated on Georgina’s progress.
“An amazing global reaction to baby Gigi – thank you all again. We promise to keep you posted as she grows,” the proud father wrote.