Two-year-old Ryan Aprea had cochlear implant surgery in November and got his hearing device activated a month later.
The moment the device is turned on and little Ryan hears his mother saying, “Hi, Buddy,” a gigantic smile lights up his adorable face.
The sight is worth seeing!
Ryan was born and spent the first seven months of his life in neonatal intensive care unit. His parents learned he was deaf shortly before he was discharged from the hospital. They didn’t give up on their little fighter and the struggle has paid off – and just in time for Christmas.
“He’s been interacting with us and giving us more intentional eye contact just in the few days since he’s had it turned on. My heart melts every single time he looks at me,” says his mother Jennifer Aprea.
A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device consisting of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin and help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. It doesn’t really restore normal hearing but gives a deaf person a useful representation of sounds in the environment and help him or her to understand speech.