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Baby Hears Father’s Voice for First Time Thanks to Operation

Travis Ketzak
By Travis Ketzak / August 3, 2017

A 14-month-old girl who suffered from severe hearing loss was able to hear her father’s voice clearly for the first time ever after getting an operation.

Theia, who lives with her family in New Jersey, wasn’t totally deaf, but she couldn’t hear very much. Her mom was never able to know what she was and wasn’t understanding, making communication very difficult.

Up until now, she’s used hearing aids, but it wasn’t perfect. Hearing aids can be difficult for babies to wear, and they still don’t work as well as normal hearing. That was why her family decided to give her a new type of operation to help her out.

Doctor’s surgically implanted a device that corrects and amplifies sounds, allowing her to hear them clearly without the use of hearing aids. The external part of the device sticks to her head with magnets.

Her father, who is an engineer for the Army and is stationed in Kuwait, was Facetiming when she first used the device. For the first time in her life, she was able to hear her father’s voice.

“Now she can hear everything. I don’t have to wonder what she is or isn’t hearing,” her mother told ABC7 News. “Now she can hear her name correctly.”

This has been a big year. Doctors have reversed brain damage, and performed the first double hand transplant. Now, we can add hearing restorement to the ever-growing roster of medical achievements.