Baby Girl Hears Mom Say ‘I Love You’ After Surgery for the First Time

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The words, “Addison, I love you. I love you” were the first words echoed by the mother of 10-month-old Addison Elander, marking the first words heard.

After receiving cochlear implants that she had surgically been fitted with on Tuesday, ABC affliate @WHAS-TV reported, baby Addison was able to hear for the first time. She had been born profoundly deaf with the most critical hearing loss known.

Addison’s mom, Akilah Elander, shared with the news outlet of getting the surgery done early in her baby’s life.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that cochlear implants are usually an option provided for children that are 1 year and older. Nevertheless, according to report, specialists wrote researchers Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff in a blog post for The Huffington Post last year.

“There is a critical period for language acquisition — meaning that language grows most rapidly in the first two years of life,” wrote Golinkoff and Pasek. “Even implantation after 18 months yields less-positive outcomes than implantation in the first year. As children get older the positive effects of getting an implant decline.”

Out of every thousand children, two to three are born deaf or hearing-impaired, the NIH says. On top of that, “children who receive treatment early in life in the form of a cochlear implant can save $30,000 to $200,000 in special education costs by the time they graduate from high school because they are more likely to be placed into mainstream classrooms.”

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