A deaf girl is given the gift of hearing

Categories: News
Comments: 4 Comments
Published on: December 23, 2005

The Telegraph is running an article about how a young girl (12 years old) has been given cochlear implants and can now hear. It brings joy to my heart to read that. More so to me, then maybe it should, you see when I was born I was also deaf, I was deaf for the first 3 years of my life. The cure for me was much simpler, because the problem was different. What happened to me (I don’t remember this stuff, I am restating what my mom told me about me when I was a baby) was when I was born I had massive ear infections, so bad that it was pushing out on the ear drums. We lived in New York at the time. My mom said she would take me to the doctor a lot since I had not started to talk by 2 years, and he said I was just a late bloomer. Well when I was 3 (and when my sister was just born) we moved to Pittsburgh. The first doctor the look at me started to yell at my mother because he thought I was neglected since the problem (to him) was obvious. The solution was ear tubes (also for those of you that have read my blog for some time will see many spelling mistakes, well there is why, and those who know me, know of my speech impediment, that is even after 8 years of speech therapy as a child). The affects of this were many like how I did not graduate from High School till I was 20 years old, I was 2 years behind for many years in school. I do feel sorry for this girl for the problems she will face in life, she probably has a speech impediment, and her peers in school probably will, if they don’t already, make fun of the way she talks. But one thing is for sure, she will value her hearing, maybe even more then I value my hearing, I would reather go blind then loss my hearing.

  1. Max says:

    One of my friends’ kid also had the same problem and they got a cochlear implant. He was only 3 at a time and he’s 6 right now and can hear and talk! They’re getting another cochlear implant in his other ear, since it works so well. Oh the wonders of technology and medicine, too bad they’re not being funded because we need a bridge to 50 people in Alaska, hehe.

  2. That is great to hear, sounds like the kid is simulare to me, deaf till 3 then given hearing. I wish luck to that child, also pass a message to that kid for me, NEVER GIVE UP. I hope that child does well.

    Admitidly my problem was differiant then his, but the final affect was the same.

  3. Max says:

    The parents were really scared and I mentioned how well you turned out (don’t tell anyone I said that), so it put their mind at ease that even if the operation didn’t succeed (which it did), he would still be alright. I’m glad the technology is finally being able to help people in need, if only you were born a bit later…

  4. Well, for me the tech was there, it was just the doctor in New York was a quack, so a problem can not be fixed unless the doctor knows the problem is. But I am glad he did get the help he needed to get his hearing. I wish him the best.

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