A baby gets the gift of hearing

Baby Livi, white, crawls on a wooden floor with purple balloons.

After Livi was born with moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears, her parents took her to pediatric ENT specialists at the U of M. In April she received bilateral cochlear implants at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Her surgery came just one month after the FDA had lowered the minimum age for cochlear implantation from 12 to nine months for children like Livi, who have profound bilateral hearing loss.

Livi has since celebrated her first birthday and can hear “the smallest sounds.” More specifically, she can hear the full range of frequencies necessary for standard speech development. She has daily speech and hearing exercises, and her parents, who watch her progress with amazement, can monitor her implants through a smartphone. 

Livi’s mother will never forget the day the implants were activated and Livi heard her mother’s voice for the first time.

“It was magic,” says Livi’s mother. “It was the most beautiful moment of my life. And every day after that has been a miracle.”

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Thu, 11/19/2020 - 20:29
A baby gets the gift of hearing
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities