A deaf baby just heard her sister’s voice for the first time on Thursday, thanks to the help of a new pair of hearing aids. In a Facebook video shared by mom Carol Dianne Benjamin, the Georgia infant bursts into laughter as she’s finally able to hear sounds.
“As everyone knows when Scarlet was born she was 3 months early,” wrote Benjamin, describing the cause of her premature baby’s hearing loss. “She ended up getting [necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)] (and certain stomach infection) and the antibiotics that she needed cause hearing loss. It has been a LONG and emotional experience.”
The mom said that she thought the 11-month-old, who “reacted to most sounds” could hear “fairly well,” but after Thursday’s experience, realized that it wasn’t nearly as well as she’d thought. In the clip, Benjamin’s older daughter says, “Baby sister, baby sister,” until Scarlet starts laughing, clearly overjoyed by the sound of her sister’s voice.
“Hearing aids make a WORLD of difference!” she gushed. “I am so blessed and thankful for Atlanta Hearing Associates in Milledgeville for all that they have done for our baby girl.” Benjamin also told Fox 5 that following the fitting for her hearing aids, “[Scarlet] is much more active and tries to talk more.”
The heartwarming video already has over 184,000 views on Facebook and nearly 1,000 comments from users congratulating the happy family. Benjamin concluded her post by saying, “Enjoy one of the absolute best days of our lives. By the way, I’m crying, you’re crying, everyone is crying.”