Every morning, Louise and Paul Addison witness something extraordinary. Every time they switch on her hearing aid, their four-month-old completely deaf daughter squeals with glee, and her precious reaction is something they’ll never weary of seeing. In September, Georgina, the couple’s infant girl, was diagnosed with profound deafness. The baby couldn’t hear anything for the first six weeks of her existence…
Georgina was fitted with hearing aids at the age of six weeks, allowing her to hear for the first time. Every morning, Georgina can’t help but squeal with excitement when her parents turn on the gadget and hear her mother’s voice. The baby starts flinging her arms up and down and wailing at the top of her lungs.
«I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks about it,» she said. «She is immediately delighted and becomes much happier,» Paul, 32, explained to LadBible. Georgina’s reaction is so endearing and touching that her parents will never forget those wonderful moments. So, every morning, Paul records Georgina hearing her parents’ voices. He captioned a video showing Georgina’s reaction, «When our daughter’s new hearing aids are turned on in the morning.»
Georgina stares silently at the camera at the start of the video. “OK, so we’ve just turned your hearing on,” Louise says after turning on her hearing aids. “Can you please say hello to everyone?” Georgina immediately responds with a long and high-pitched “hi” of her own. Her happiness is palpable! Georgina’s condition was first revealed to Paul and Louise when she failed her newborn hearing test in Harrogate, England.
She was diagnosed with severe deafness by an audiologist and was advised to use a hearing aid. They took the doctor’s suggestion and got Georgina equipped with hearing aids through the National Health Service. When mom initially put them on, the baby’s reaction was sheer happiness. «It was a relief because we saw right away that they were working well,» Paul went on to say. «A genuine sense that things could improve.»
Paul advises other parents with deaf children to be open about their situation and to reach out to people in similar situations who can assist them. “It’s such a huge comfort to engage with those kinds of people,” he said. Louise and Paul were able to learn about the stories and experiences of other families who have deaf children thanks to the viral video.