Toddler hears fully for the first time; cochlear implants turned on by PCH

A little girl here in the valley was born without the ability to hear. Now, that ability has been restored thanks to doctors at Phoenix Children's Hospital and modern technology.

Jade Saari was born without any hearing in her right ear, and eventually lost most of the hearing in her left ear as well. Her parents say they always knew they wanted cochlear implants for their daughter. This week, with help from Phoenix Children's Hospital they watched Jade "hear" from both ears for the first time. 

"I'm so excited," said Vijette Saari, Jade's mom.

Vijette can hardly wait for her toddler Jade to hear. 

Doctors at PCH have already implanted devices into Jade's head, and on Monday they turned the devices on.

"We're setting levels to provide electrical stimulation to the nerve endings that go from the cochlea to the auditory nerve," said Louise Loiselle. 

Staff adjusted those levels, and Jade was able to hear from both of her ears.

Jade's entire world is slowly coming to life now that she can hear her mom, dad, and even her brother. She will slowly re-learn to speak. Monday's event was more precious than words can describe.

Doctors will gradually turn up the levels in Jade's implants until she can hear at a normal level, that should take 5-6 months. Jade will also be going to regular speech therapy. 

Her parents say that with Jade's outgoing personality she should not have any problem adjusting. 
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