Coming to terms with the fact that your child is born with impaired hearing can be very distressing for a parent. Babies develop most of their speech and communication abilities within the first two years and hearing impairment can hinder this vital development process, rendering them incapable of going to normal school with other children. Here is an inspiring story of Abha, whose daughter Nabha was born with hearing loss.
When Nabha was barely a couple of weeks old, her mother Abha had what can only be described as a premonition. Abha’s sixth sense turned out to be true when her daughter did not react to the loud whistling of a pressure cooker. Abha immediately sought professional help from an audiologist and her misgivings were confirmed after a full hearing evaluation.
Speech therapy began when Nabha was seven months. She wore hearing aids but progress was slow and the future looked bleak. It was heartbreaking for a mother to watch her daughter struggle to even talk to her.
After an agonizing two years, Abha heard that cochlear implants were available for children in India. And so in 1999, at the age of 3 years and 4 months, Nabha got implanted with a Cochlear™ Nucleus® implant.
Fast forward to 2016 – Nabha today is a badminton champion. She has won a bronze medal in women’s doubles at the Asia Pacific Deaf Games held at Taipei in 2015. She is an articulate young girl, a Bollywood music buff, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications from Pune University. She has been to places like Ladakh and enjoys travel and adventure as much as any other happy-go-lucky teenager. She wants to contribute to audiology and do pioneering work in the field of cochlear implant technology.