Charlotte (Charly) Keane came into the world in August 2017 with a severe hearing disability. Luckily for Charly, her parents, based in Virginia, sought an acoustic solution for their baby girl the Epoch Times reports.
Before long, Charly was fitted with hearing aids and heard the world for the first time in her life. Charly’s parents filmed their daughter’s first experience of hearing her mother speak, and after it was posted online, the adorable footage went viral. The moment that Charly first registers her mother’s voice is plain to see on her baby face; tears of emotion seem to well up in her eyes. When Christy says to her daughter, “I love you,” the baby girl’s awe and wonder is palpable.
“We had our miracle moment that I have been praying for when Char got her hearing aids today,” Christy explained, posting footage of her baby girl on her Instagram page. Christy, a former NICU nurse, was not alarmed when her baby failed her first hearing test, assuming that it was the result of fluid in the ears. But four days later, further test failures confirmed that Charly was, in fact, legitimately hard of hearing.“I cried, I didn’t understand, and I didn’t know what life was going to look like,” Christy told News 4recalling her initial response to her daughter’s diagnosis. “Even with the cochlear implants, that doesn’t cure deafness,” she continued; “as soon as she takes off the external device, she’s deaf and [is] always going to be.”
Charly will learn American sign language to supplement the assistance of her hearing aids as she grows older. The baby girl also wears a pair of glasses to correct astigmatism.