This is the heart-warming moment when a deaf toddler's eyes light up and her mouth falls open as she and her mother for the first time & # 39; I love you & # 39; hears say.
A & # 39; Deja Rivers, 15 months, from Arcadia, Florida, has been deaf since birth.
Last month she underwent surgery to receive cochlear implants at the Johns Hopkins All Children & # 39; s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Video captured the moment on June 20 when the implants were turned on when A & Deja was sitting on her mother's lap, Patricia Shaw.
Her eyes widen as she hears toys rattle, cymbals clap, and Shaw & # 39; s voice says for the first time: & # 39; I love you. & # 39;
A & # 39; Deja Rivers, 15 months, from Arcadia, Florida, was diagnosed as deaf during her newborn screening. Shown: A & # 39; Deja hearing sound for the first time
Both her father, Robert Rivers, and her older sister, Ja & # 39; Leen, are hard of hearing. Pictured: A & # 39; Deja on her mother's lap, Patricia Shaw, with a staff member from Johns Hopkins (in blue) and her father, Robert Rivers (in red)
& # 39; I just thought, "Thank you, God," & # 39; Shaw told DailyMail.com about the moment A & Deja first heard about it.
& # 39; I know she feels that I love her. I show it all the time. But the fact that she can hear it now is wonderful. & # 39;
The & # 39; Deja's hearing loss was complete and pre-lingualistic, meaning she was born with hearing loss or lost her hearing before she could speak.
Hearing loss can be inherited or caused by non-genetic factors, such as an infection.
Between two and three out of 1,000 children in the US are born every year with hearing loss in one or both ears, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
A & # 39; Deja was diagnosed as deaf during her newborn screening. Her father, Robert Rivers, and her older sister, five-year-old Ja & # 39; Lynn, are also hard of hearing.
Shaw said that Yes & Lynn received cochlear implants when she was 15 months old, after seeing her success with them, she and Rivers decided to try them with A & Deja.
Cochlear implants are small electronic devices that partially restore hearing.
They have two parts: a sound processor that sits behind the ear and a receiver that is surgically implanted under the skin.
The signal between the two parts stimulates the auditory nerve and sends the message to the brain. The brain then interprets this as sound.
First introduced in the 1980s for adult hearing loss, they were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in children older than 12 months in 2000.
According to the NICDC, around 38,000 devices have been implanted in children in America.
Johns Hopkins All Children & # 39; s audiologist Shelly Ash, who treated A & # 39; Deja, says that cochlear implants used today can even be paired with Bluetooth.
& # 39; For A & # 39; Deja, when we start, we need to find out how much electrical power is needed to give her enough information to confirm that the noise is occurring &, "Ash told DailyMail.com
& # 39; So we give the beep gradually until she acknowledges it because she doesn't have enough language to say: & # 39; Yes, I heard that & # 39;. & # 39;
A & # 39; Deja had implants for cochlear implants at Johns Hopkins All Children & # 39; s Hospital. Pictured, from left to right: Yes & # 39; Leen Rivers, Robert Rivers, Patricia Shaw and Yes & # 39; Leen Rivers
A video was made of the moment that A & # 39; deja & # 39; s eyes get bigger and her mouth falls open when she recognizes that she is hearing a sound for the first time. Because A & # 39; Deja (left and right) receives implants at a very young age, she will only have a slight language delay
A & # 39; Deja had her implants implanted on May 17 and after five weeks of recovery her implants were activated.
The night before they were activated, Shaw said she could barely sleep.
& # 39; I kept thinking, "Oh my god, is it time?" & # 39; She said. & # 39; It was excitement. I had already seen the results in my oldest daughter. & # 39;
A video was made of the moment that A & # 39; Deja & # 39; s eyes widened and her mouth fell open when she saw that she heard a sound for the first time.
Shaw sees her daughter say: “Hello, I love you, honey. I love you so much. & # 39;
Then A & # 39; Deja's grandmother walks over to her, kisses her on the cheek and says: & # 39; Grandma loves you. That is the first time you can hear Granny say "I love you". & # 39;
Because A & # 39; Deja gets implants at a very young age, she will only have a slight language delay. Children who are never exposed in a first language in their early years can never speak fluently in another language.
Shaw says her daughter is more active than ever with the new implants.
& # 39; She is discovering more, all the old toys she had are completely new to her, & # 39; said Shaw.
& # 39; She suddenly realizes that they are also making noise. They don't just make the light anymore or are things to look at. It is a brand new adventure for her. & # 39;
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