She spent her whole life watching her mother’s lips move, and only hearing muffled sounds.
But finally, at the age of 14, Breanna has been given an effective cochlear implant.
And this heartwarming video captures the moment she heard her mother’s voice clearly for the first time.
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Breanna Sadler, 13, from Houston, has finally been given an effective cochlear implant which allowed her to hear her mother’s voice clearly for the first time in years – reducing her to tears
At first, the technician turns on her implanted hearing aid and asks if it works.
‘Yeah,’ Breanna says with a nod and a smile.
Then her mom Melissa chimes in: ‘Can you hear my voice?’
Breanna laughs, ‘yes!’ Then she gets hit by a wave of emotion and starts to cry.
It was a monumental moment for the Houston teenager, who has had severe hearing loss since birth.
She was given a hearing aid at two years old, but sounds were still muffled.
Her hearing had decreased over time to the point that her left hearing aid was not helping her understand speech.
But the new implant, fitted at the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, will help her to overcome this problem.
‘She’s doing so well,’ a spokesman for the Center told Daily Mail Online.
‘Breanna’s been coming to the Center since she was a baby. Over time it was getting harder and harder for her to understand what people were saying.
‘When she heard her mom’s voice – it wasn’t muffled, and the clarity… It was very emotional.’
Cochlear implants are small electronic devices which have two parts. One sits behind the ear, while a second is surgically placed underneath the skin.
The devices can’t restore normal hearing, but they can help a deaf person understand speech better.
Implants bypassed damaged parts of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve.
These signals are then sent to the brain, which recognizes them as sound.
After her emotional outburst, Breanna and her family started to work with a therapist to help improve her ability in understanding speech.
Speech therapy is essential for young children with a cochlear implant as it can help users develop language and literacy skills similar to their friends.