Do You Remember Your First Sound?
What was the first thing you heard? Do you remember?
Medicine and technology have come such a long way in each their own respective fields, but together they are accomplishing the impossible.
A video has been making its way around the Internet lately is of 7-week old baby named Lachlan hearing for the first time. Lachlan was born with congenital hearing loss, but with the use of a modern hearing aid, he is finally able to hear the sound of his parents voice.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, congenital hearing loss can be described as: “hearing loss is present at birth. Congenital hearing loss can be caused by genetic or non-genetic factors.”
Genetic, or hereditary, factors “are thought to cause more than 50% of all hearing loss. Hearing loss from genetic defects can be present at birth or develop later on in life.”
Non-genetic factors can account for about 25% of congenital hearing loss. Non-genetic factors can include:
- Maternal infections, such as rubella (German measles), cytomegalovirus, or herpes simplex virus
- Low birth weight
- Birth injuries
- Toxins including drugs and alcohol consumed by the mother during pregnancy
- Complications associated with the Rh factor in the blood/jaundice
- Maternal diabetes
- Toxemia during pregnancy
- Lack of oxygen (anoxia)
Lachlan’s parents were there to capture the whole event on video, and we are lucky enough to witness it now. Congenital hearing loss wasn’t a final sentence for him, and this is a great reminder that it doesn’t need to be for other infants around the world.