Seven-Year-Old Boy Hears for the First Time

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A deaf seven-year-old Guatemalan boy, Henry Rivera, can now hear. It’s all thanks to ┬ámissionary Erin Van Oordt, who brought him to America for a life changing operation. Advanced Bionics donated equipment totaling $40,000 so Dr. Disher could perform the procedure at Lutheran Hospital, Indiana. Watch here to see how Rivera reacts to hearing for the first time in his life.

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JersonPereira
JersonPereira

Wuaw i feel so happy and greatful with these people for helping this little kid. God bless all good people like these around the world.

Doc_Megz_to_be
Doc_Megz_to_be

No. I don't think people understand how hard it is for a child of 7 to hear for the first time when he has never heard before. He is probably more afraid than anything else. Henry will need to hear an oncoming vehicle hooting about 2000 times before his brain will make the connection that it means get out of the way. Sound will not mean to him what it means to others. He might not even learn to talk.

I'm sure this comes across as terrible pessimistic of me, but I've been working with deaf children, and if they don't start hearing things by the age of 6 months - the upper limit being two years - sound is unlikely to ever be appreciated by them in the way that hearing people do. That is why early detection and intervention is so important. Maybe Henry will be lucky and learn to talk and understand what all this new noise around him means. I hope so.

mcybersmith
mcybersmith

1st thing boy hears is his mom saying "go clean up your room, for the LAST time!" (heh heh)