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There are some amazing inventions out there that have tremendously impacted people’s lives. One of those inventions is the cochlear implant.

The idea of using electricity to improve hearing can be traced back to 1790, according to Very Well Health. But the official creation of this modern invention is attributed to Dr. William House who first tested his idea in 1961.

It wasn’t until 1984, however, that the cochlear implant became FDA approved.

Since then, many leaps and bounds have been made in advancing this technology. WFTS-TV reported cochlear implants even have Bluetooth capability nowadays.

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But what is a cochlear implant and how does it work? For those of us who don’t suffer from hearing loss, it can be difficult to understand exactly what these devices do.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing.”

The device relies on a microphone, transmitters and a speech processor. Sound travels through the microphone to the speech processor and the transmitters convert that sound into electric pulses.

Do you know someone who benefits from the use of a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant can be life-changing for everyone in a family. And seeing a child hear the sound of a loved one’s voice for the first time?

“This moment never gets old,” audiologist Shelly Ash told WFTS. “It’s always so moving.”

Over the years, we’ve witnessed a number of moving moments like what Ash describes.

One of these more recent moments took place for a Florida family and their little girl A’Deja Rivers. The almost 2-year-old was born deaf and her dad and older sister Jalen also suffer from hearing impairment.

A’Deja’s family wanted to see if cochlear implants would work for her, just like it does for her big sister. Her parents couldn’t be more thrilled.

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“It’s so exciting,” Patricia Rivers, A’Deja’s mom, told WFTS. Her dad agreed that seeing his daughter hear for the first time was “great.”

But nothing is as great as seeing this sweet family come together and voice their love for A’Deja. When her mom says “I love you” for the first time, the moment is everything.

“When we first start out, we’re introducing very soft levels of electrical current,” Shelly Ash told WFTS. “It just sounds to her like ‘beep, beep, beep.’”

The sounds she heard made the little girl’s face light up. A memorable experience that will surely last this family a lifetime.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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Entertainment, Faith




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