Three great videos to share tonight. The first one shows the moment a Cochlear Implant is first turned on for an 8 month old baby.
Before you hit play, think about this.
Imagine never knowing sound. Never hearing the voice of your mother. Never hearing a chair scrape on the floor. Never hearing the sound of wind. Nothing…. And then suddenly it all rushes in. How can you possibly be prepared for this?
Now watch the video and try to imagine what this must be like:
The second video shows a very relatable journey of a young mother from birth to the CI activation of her daughter, including some more background on how the process works. Good stuff.
Finally, this last video shows an interview with 2 graduates of the Auditory Verbal Center, a speech therapy center we will be checking out for Fiona. The girl Samantha is a close friend of our close friend Zoe.
Of particular note is listening to the boy Chris talk at around ~3:55 in the video. Chris received an implant at age 2 and his speech sounds fantastic! As they mention in the video, the earlier the implant procedure can be done, the better chance the child will grow up with well developed speech skills. Age 1 is now the FDA approved limit in the US right now, which we will be shooting for with Fiona.
You can find the video off this page and then click the People for People (Part 2).