Heartwarming moment 11-week-old baby who was born deaf hears the voices of his parents for the first time after having hearing aids fitted
- Tiffany Wroe, 29, shared the video of her 11-week-old son Saul on Facebook
- She lives with husband John, 44, in Nairobi, Kenya, but is from Manchester
- Young Saul was born with moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears
- Hears sounds of 60 decibels plus compared to 20 for non-hearing impaired
- Tiffany and John also have daughters Khaleesi, five, and Kendall, four
Doting parents have shared the heartwarming moment their baby son who was born deaf hears their voices for the first time after having hearing aids fitted.
Tiffany Wroe, 29, who is from Manchester but has lived in Nairobi, Kenya, for the past 10 years with her husband John, 44, shared the video of 11-week-old Saul on Facebook.
The baby, who was born with moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears, could be seen smiling up at his mother and father as they spoke softly to him after fitting his new hearing aids.
He was so overwhelmed by the sound of their voices that he almost burst into tears before Tiffany reassured him.
A doting mother has shared the heartwarming mother her baby son, who was born deaf, hears her voice for the first time after having a hearing aid fitted. Tiffany Wroe, 29, who is from Manchester but has lived in Nairobi, Kenya, for the past 10 years with her husband John, 44, shared the video of 11-week-old Saul on Facebook
Tiffany and John, who are both swimming coaches in Kenya and also have daughters Khaleesi, five, and Kendall, four, said when Saul got his hearing aids last week it was ‘very, very emotional’.
Their video began with John saying ‘it’s Daddy’ to Saul as he lay in his mother’s arms. As he spoke, Saul looked up in apparent amazement.
Tiffany then spoke to him and said ‘it’s Mummy’ and ‘hello’ – and each time she spoke he replied with a small noise before breaking into a smile.
She continued: ‘Can you hear Mummy?’ and Saul briefly appeared as though he was going to cry.
The mother then continued to talk to him and said, ‘I can see that smile’ as Saul continued to take in the sounds around him.
Tiffany and John, who are both swimming coaches in Kenya and also have daughters Khaleesi, five, and Kendall, four, said when Saul got his hearing aids last week it was ‘very, very emotional’
The baby, who was born with moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears, could be seen smiling up at his mother and father as they spoke softly to him after fitting his new hearing aid. He was so overwhelmed by the sound of their voices that he almost burst into tears before Tiffany told him not to cry
Tiffany told the Daily Record: ‘When Saul was born he failed his newborn hearing screening so he went for a follow-up and he failed that too. Then he went for a third hearing test and failed that too.
‘Doctors told us he had profound hearing loss but we weren’t sure because we knew he had been more responsive than he would have been if he was profoundly [totally] deaf so we did a bit of research ourselves.’
Specialists at Manchester University advised the couple they could carry out tests to see how Saul reacted, allowing them to find out if he could hear anything.
They discovered he could hear noises above around 60 decibels, whereas those who are not hearing impaired can hear from around 20.
Saul can hear sounds at around 60 decibels and above and so his hearing aids have opened up a whole new world of sounds to him
Medics then told Tiffany and John that Saul would need hearing aids but because they are both unable to work because of coronavirus restrictions, family stepped in to help Saul get hearing aids.
Tiffany added: ‘Thanks to John’s parents’ help Saul was able to get the best hearing aids available and we are so grateful. Just watching his face when he heard us speaking for the first time was so incredible.’
Saul needs to have regular hearing tests and he needs to have his hearing aids fitted as he gets bigger.
Tiffany added that medics have said Saul’s hearing should not get any worse and that his hearing aids will give him the ability to learn how to speak.
WHAT IS BILATERAL HEARING LOSS?
Bilateral hearing loss refers to loss of hearing in both ears.
Its severity ranges from mild, moderate, severe and profound. The condition can be caused by problems in the outer, middle or inner ear or a in a combination of these areas.
Bilateral hearing loss can either be symmetrical or asymmetrical. When it is the former, the loss of hearing is about the same in both ears.
When it is asymmetrical, hearing is better in one ear than the other. But in both cases, there is loss of hearing in both ears.
The most common causes of bilateral hearing loss are: age, exposure to extremely loud noises, heredity (genes) and side effects from medication.
You can also end up with bilateral hearing loss if your the ability of your ears to conduct sound into the inner ear is reduced. This is known as conductive hearing loss.
Some cases of bilateral hearing loss can be treated with surgery, while for others, a hearing aid will do.
If you have hearing loss in only one ear, it is called single-sided deafness.
In the UK, there are 12million people with hearing loss, including around 50,000 children.
Source: www.hear-it.org / actionhearingloss.org.uk
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