In June, they recorded a video of the little one being fitted for a cochlear implant, an electronic device that takes on the role of the inner part of the ear known as the cochlea. It helps send sound signals to the brain.
When the device is turned on, Ayla, who is sitting in her mother’s lap, smiles and begins to reach for her ear.
“Yeah, you heard it,” a voice says in the background, and Anna Esler starts to cry.
“Every child responds differently when their cochlear implants are activated, and so we didn’t know what kind of reaction she would have,” the mom said in an interview with the hospital. “And even though I knew it would work, there was still some doubt in my mind, so when I saw her responding to sound I was overwhelmed by thankfulness to God and to everyone else who has been a part of this journey.”
According to her parents, the baby girl is adjusting to the new device well, and they are teaching her how to recognize that sounds have meaning.
“She’s already responding positively — sometimes she turns to sounds [which she had never done before], she dances to music, she’s starting to calm down when we sing to her if she’s upset,” they said. “We really couldn’t be more thankful for the new opportunities our little girl has thanks to everyone in her life.”