First Sounds: Cochlear Implants on Toddlers

March 2, 2017

When Jack was born, he - like all newborns - had a hearing screening while in the hospital. The difference was that he failed. 

"It was sort of shocking, we weren't really sure what that meant," said Jack's dad John. "We went for follow-up screening and learned Jack had profound hearing loss in both ears."

Newborn hearing screenings were developed as a way to identify infants who may be deaf or hard of hearing so they could get early intervention services to maximize the infant's communication abilities. 

At 14 months old, Jack had surgery to place the cochlear implants and recently came back to have them activated. 

When cochlear implants are activated, young children can have a variety of reactions.

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