The 5-month-old was born with a bilateral moderate sensorineural hearing loss, which was discovered after he failed his newborn hearing screening twice.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, located in Liverpool UK, shared an emotional video of Alex hearing for the first time. The moment his mom spoke, Alex’s eyes lit up and a smile sprawled across his face. The video warmed the hearts of many as it has over 840,000 views on Twitter.
Baby Alex was born with Bilateral Moderate Sensorineural hearing loss, making him almost deaf 😢 This is the amazing moment he is fitted with his new hearing aids and hears his mummy’s voice clearly for the first time 😍#amazing #toocute #audiology #technology #ilovealderhey pic.twitter.com/VSk6JauPjJ
— 🏥 Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (@AlderHey) July 23, 2018
During an interview with ITV’s This Morning, Jen Denman, Alex’s mother, opened up and gave more details about her son’s hearing loss. She mentioned that they are currently trying to find out what could be the cause of this hearing loss. To find this out, the hospital is running a few blood tests and an MRI scan. They are still waiting to receive the results.
Jen also shared the response she received from her older son, Joe when she told him about his little brothers hearing loss.
“I’ll fix them mummy,” Joe said to his mother as he went to go get a screwdriver, thinking that is how you would fix something.
She says that Joe has been amazing with Alex so far.
Jen and her family seem positive about this new journey in their lives. They are beginning to incorporate British Sign Language into their daily conversations, so Alex will have two ways to communicate.
“The earlier you start it [using sign language] the easier,” she says.
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