A purely heartwarming moment was captured on video, showing a mother bursting into tears when her one-year-old daughter, Ayla Esler, is able to hear for the first time. Ayla was born deaf and had just been fitted with cochlear implants, devices that allow those with hearing difficulties to perceive sound properly.
[Scroll down for video]
The video was shared by Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on Facebook, and it perfectly captures the magical moment.
At first, Ayla flinches slightly as the implant is turned on. Then, she cups her ear and begins bouncing around in excitement.
Ayla’s mother starts to cry as she witnesses her daughter reacting to sounds. The child beams, clearly smiling as she enjoys her new ability, and vocalizes during the experience.
The toddler’s father, brother, and sister were also able to witness the amazing moment, providing Ayla with support.
In total, the Esler family, who live in Amarillo, traveled for approximately five hours by car for the treatment.
Cook Children’s Medical Center launched its cochlear implant program back in 2006.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, the device involves a receiver that is placed inside the patient’s ear and a sound processor, a technologically advanced microphone, that is set behind the ear or attached to the person’s clothing.
As the processor picks up sounds, the input is converted into a code that is sent to the receiver, which passes the code through the cochlea, allowing the brain to process the information as sound.
Since being posted on Tuesday, the video has been viewed over 45,000 times. Comments on the video were incredibly supportive, congratulating Ayla and her family for the wonderful moment and praising Cook Children’s and their audiology team for their stellar work.