A mother in California shared an incredible moment with her twin daughters when they were able to hear her voice for the first time ever this week thanks to amazing new technology.
Kayla and Kiara Hernandez, who are now six months old, were born with a hearing disability that could have set them back academically as well as in terms of speech communication without the necessary assistive technology, which would have cost the family $12,000 that they didn’t have, according to a Fox News report. Insurance plans typically consider such devices as elective and often don’t cover them.
Butthatall changed thanks to Newport Beach-based HearAid Foundation, who heard of the plight of their mother, Gemila. They fitted Kayla and Kiara with hearing aids, allowing them to hear sounds — and now they’ll be able to actually hear their mother tell them that she loves them, which was most important to Gemila, she said according to the report.
It’s the latest case where hearing technology has helped children who normally would have to struggle with poor or non-existent hearing their entire lives.
Earlier this year in Minnesota, a little boy was born deaf, with almost no hearing in his left ear and only a small amount in his right, according to a KARE11 report.
His parents, Ahavah and Jason Cook, were born to deaf parents, so they knew it was a possibility genetically, but they were still heartbroken to learn the truth.
However, the nine-week-old was fitted with a tiny hearing aid, and a video posted on YouTube capture the moment the boy heard his mother’s voice for the first time. He looked at his mother at first and blinked, and then he smiled.