Imagine going nine weeks without being able to hear a single thing. It’d be pretty scary, right? Now imagine if those nine weeks were the first of your life and that was all you’d ever known.
That’s exactly what nine-week-old Elijah Cook experienced after being born severely deaf. The baby boy is profoundly deaf in his left ear and able to hear only 75 decibels in his right ear, according to his mother, Ahavah Cook.
After doctors diagnosed Elijah with severe-profound sensorineural hearing loss, they offered up a solution that would allow him to hear clearly as he grew up: tiny hearing aids that he could wear even at just nine weeks old.
A touching video shows the aids in action, as Elijah hears his mom — and himself — for the very first time. As Ahavah holds him and speaks gently to him, the baby breaks into the most adorable little smile and starts blinking at the strange new sensation. Understandably, it’s a lot to take in.
In a blog post for the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Ahavah wrote, “The first time I saw him blink, I had a lot of emotions. I was trying really hard not to cry. I didn’t want him to see my cry. I was trying hard to keep it together and just talk to him.”
Ahavah also revealed that since being fitted with the aids, Elijah has been cooing, smiling, and responding to sounds. The hospital said he’ll continue wearing the aids and will get a hearing test when he’s seven months old to check up on his progress.