A mum has shared the sweetest footage of her 11-week-old son hearing her voice for the very first time.
Tiffany Wroe’s little boy Saul was diagnosed with bilateral moderate-severe hearing loss after failing his newborn hearing screening several times.
Tiffany and her husband John, from Manchester, were told that Saul would need a hearing aid, so when the went to the appointment to have it fitted, they recorded his reaction, the Daily Record reports.
John and Tiffany can be heard talking to their son before he eventually makes noises in response.
The couple, who also have two daughters, Khaleesi, five and four-year-old Kendall, said the moment Saul finally got his hearing aids last week was “Very, very emotional”.
You see the three-month-old lying in his mum’s arms, smiling, as John says: “It’s Daddy”.
Saul appears to notice the change in sound, and looks up at his dad before turning back to his mum.
Tiffany then says: “It’s Mummy. Hello! Can you hear Mummy?”
Overwhelmed by hearing her voice his eyes begin to fill up as he makes noises in reply to her.
Tiffany said: “It’s was very, very emotional and such a special time.
“When Saul was born he failed his newborn hearing screening so he went for a follow-up and he failed that too. Then he went for a third hearing test and failed that too.
“Doctors told us he had profound hearing loss but we weren’t sure because we knew he had been more responsive that he would have been if he was profoundly deaf so we did a bit of research ourselves.”
The pair who are originally from Oldham and Rochdale, spent 10 years living in Kenya before they contacted specialists at Manchester university.
They were then advised on tests they could try with Saul to help give them a more accurate measure of his hearing.
Tiffany said: “In the end they said he could hear from about 60 decibels. People with full hearing can hear at about 20. If you speak at normal level Saul can’t hear, but if you were to really should he would be able to hear something.”
Specialists told Tiffany and John that Saul would need hearing aids, but because both of them are swimming instructors in Kenya who are currently unable to work due to the coronavirus, family members stepped in to help.
Tiffany said: “Thanks to John’s parents’ help Saul was able to get the best hearing aids available and we are so grateful. Just watching his face when he heard us speaking for the first time was so incredible.”
The couple will need to take Saul to have his hearing tested regularly and will need to get his hearing aids refitted as he grows older.
Tiffany added: “We don’t know if his hearing will ever get better, but they have said it shouldn’t get any worse, which is a relief.
“His big sisters think that’s Saul’s hearing aids are his super powers so that he can hear them talk. He certainly is our little superstar.”