Hubby Hears Wife Speak, Baby Babble After 35 Silent Years
FaithTap Staff 5/2/2017
Randy Adams and his wife Michelle are the parents of an adorable 16-month-old boy named Max. He's the spitting image of his daddy and is the light of their lives. And just like his daddy, Max is deaf.
Randy, 35, was born to two deaf parents and inherited a genetic inner ear defect--the same condition that affects Max's hearing. In fact, when he first met Michelle four years ago at a party, he introduced himself to her by typing messages on his cell phone.
When Max was born, they learned that he had inherited Randy's and his grandparents' hearing impairment. Michelle said it was difficult to grasp.
"I was very upset at first, and I know it sounds weird because I'm fine with Randy being deaf. But, it just made me really sad because I thought of all the things he wouldn't experience."
As Max grew older, they tried double hearing aids. But they didn't help. Then Michelle learned about cochlear implants and researched them to see if they'd help her little boy.
For 35 years, Randy never considered getting cochlear implants for himself until his little boy came into the picture. The impressive change in Max prompted Randy to consider them for himself.
Last month, he received them. When they were testing the implants after surgery, the tears began to flow in the doctor's office. Michelle became especially overwhelmed with emotion when her husband looked over at her and said "so good to hear your voice."
Watch when Randy hears his wife's voice!
For now, Randy and Max will work closely with an audiologist to continually tweak the implants. Randy said he's excited to hear everything he's missed out on in the past 35 years and hopes to learn to speak English along with signing, and also learn other languages. What an incredible story!