9 Week-Old Baby Hears His Mom For The First Time With Hearing Aids
April 16, 2015
After Ahavah Cook's baby, Elijah, was diagnosed with profound hearing loss shortly after his birth, the Andover, Minn., mom thought she'd never hear sweet coos and sounds produced by her beautiful newborn.
Photo: Mighty, courtesy of the Cook family
Elijah Cook was born Jan. 2 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. Twelve hours later, he failed his newborn hearing screening. A third test with an audiologist yielded the same result.
On March 5, Johnson fit then-9-week-old Elijah with tiny hearing aids that allowed him to hear his mother - and the world - for the first time. The moment was captured on video.
"The first time I saw him blink, I had a lot of emotions," Ahavah said. "I was trying really hard not to cry. I didn't want him to see me cry. I was trying hard to keep it together and just talk to him."
Since then, Elijah has been cooing, smiling and responding to the sounds made by his family, including big sister Evelyn.
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