How Cochlear is Helping Children With Hearing Loss
This Post is Sponsored by Cochlear, all opinions are 100% my own.
When you become a mother, you open your doors to new connections that quite often become lifelong friendships. I am lucky to have the sweetest tribe of mamas around me, that I would have not attained had I not become a mother myself. It is a bond we as mothers share to support each other on this fun, difficult and rewarding journey called parenthood. There are so many questions, concerns and worries that get wiped away after a heart to heart with another momma.
Last week I had an honor to connect and make friends with a very special family. They touched my heart on a whole new level. Today, I am thrilled to share their story with you.
Meet Jennifer and Nicolaus. This sweet boy is just a little younger than Kai. He was born with hearing loss. Thankfully, these days it is mandatory to test for hearing loss during the first few days after birth, so Nico’s condition was discovered right away. This discovery was crucial for the success of his development in the first 3 years.
Today, thanks to cochlear implants, Nico is a thriving little boy. However, it is a journey that started with Jennifer, his mother, having to learn and navigate through this situation to the best of her ability. For hearing impaired children, the sooner they receive access to sound, the sooner they are able to listen and speak like other children1,2. So it was decided that Nico would receive cochlear implants at 12 months of age. Jennifer quit her day job and enrolled Nico in a non-profit school, Chat Center Specialty School, whose program is fully designed to allow children with hearing loss learn and thrive.
During our recent play date at Nico’s school, I met many other little children on the same journey as Nico. Many of his fellow students had cochlear implants and are flourishing because of the technology and the dedication of their parents and educators.
My favorite part of the play date was hearing Nico speak clearly and seeing Jenny smile from ear to ear. She shared with me that there has never been more joy than to hear Nico say “Mama’ for the first time. My eyes tear up just thinking about it.
We are very lucky to live in a day and age where technology can combat fate, such as hearing loss. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, an estimated 3 in 1,000 infants are born in the U.S. each year with moderate, severe or profound hearing loss, and cochlear implants have become the established treatment for children as young as 12 months to treat severe to profound hearing loss.
Kai and I shared such a sweet bond with Nico and Jenny and hope for many more play dates ahead. However, more than anything I hope and know that Nico will continue to thrive and blossom.
Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information. Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.
Thank you for reading and keep styling,
1Hammes DM, Novak MA, Rotz LA, et al. Early identification and the cochlear implant: Critical factors for spoken language development. Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol 2002;111:74-78. 10.
2Tharpe AM, Gustafson S. Management of Children with Mild, Moderate, and Moderately Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 2015 Sep 30.