Ground-breaking surgery for deaf children

Ground-breaking surgery for deaf children

This week the BBC has reported on little girl Leia Armitage, who at the age of 7 has finally found her voice. She lived in total silence for the first two years of her life but thanks to pioneering brain surgery and years of therapy, she can finally hear and talk. First Diagnosis When born, Leia had no inner ear or hearing nerve meaning that hearing aids or cochlear implants would have no affect on her. Her father Bob stated that they were told if a bomb went off behind her, she wouldn’t hear it at all. As a result of this, Leia was never expected to speak. However despite the risks, her parents fought for her to be one of the first children in the UK to be given an auditory brainstem implant. This requires complex brain surgery and Leia had this when she was just 2 years old. The NHS have called the surgery “truly life-changing” and say they will fund the implant for other deaf children. It is estimated that around 9 children a year will benefit from this ground breaking surgery. Amazing Progress In the five years since Leia’s surgery, her progress has been so much greater than her parents ever expected. It started slowly with Leia turning her head at certain noises but gradually she started to understand the concept of sound. Her parents would continually repeat words and ask her to say them back to them. After lots of regular speech and language therapy, she can now put full sentences together. She can even sing along to music and hear people on the...
Easter Bank Holiday & nice weather? We can’t wait!

Easter Bank Holiday & nice weather? We can’t wait!

We’ve already had patches of nice weather so far this Spring but it’s fair to say the last few weeks haven’t been great… Persistent rain, hail, wind and even a bit of thunder have plagued us for the last month but the good news is that this is all due to change this Easter Bank Holiday weekend! With the Met Office predicting highs of 19 degrees, we imagine you’ll be making the most of the long weekend. With the lateness of Easter this year, we also have the May Day Bank Holiday to look forward to in just a few short weeks as well! We hope you have the best time enjoying the weather with your friends and family… and we have a few tips for you to look after your hearing. The Sound of Summer There are lots of noises that can contribute to hearing loss during the Summer months, especially if you like gardening. Lawnmowers, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers often reach up to 100 decibels so you should be wearing earplugs / muffs while doing these activities. The same applies if you are off to any music festivals. Music festivals can cause permanent damage to your hearing so be sure to protect yourself. Swimming Make sure you keep the following things in mind if you are off for a dip this Summer. Water can get lodged in your ear which causes something known as swimmer’s ear. This is an infection of the outer ear where extra water creates a moist environment for bacteria to grow which leads to an infection. As we’ve often mentioned here, a lot...

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