“Jacob didn’t pass the routine SWISH hearing test at birth. After many tests, Jacob was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears. The diagnosis was incredibly overwhelming. We were worried and extremely anxious about the uncertainty of Jacob’s future.”
Rana, mother of five-year-old Jacob
Jacob is a friendly, confident and charming young man who adores his superheroes. Best of all, he’s extremely excited about starting ‘big school’ this year. However, life for Jacob did not start easily. Jacob was born deaf in both ears.
Jacob was fitted with hearing aids at 3 months old but they weren’t enough to develop spoken language. So with the guidance and support of our specialised teams, his parents considered cochlear implants. At 10 months, Jacob had surgery and was implanted in both ears.
The surgery was a huge success to the relief of Jacob’s parents and it has taken five long years of regular listening and spoken language therapy sessions for Jacob to reach his goals to be prepared for school. Jacob and his family have worked extremely hard and his progress has been huge. His speech, language and listening skills are as good as other children his age – testament to all the hard work his family put in to getting here.
Rana spoke on behalf of the graduating parents at The Shepherd Centre graduation day late last year. I was so happy she thanked our supporters. I’d like to share what she said:
“Jacob continues to amaze us with the way he has embraced his hearing loss. Jacob’s future has never looked so bright and we owe it all to the supporters of The Shepherd Centre. You gave our son a voice and for that we are immensely grateful.”
Most children spend a few days, or even a few weeks, preparing for their first day of school.
But for children with hearing loss, developing the skills to succeed at ‘big school’ takes years.
I’m calling all SUPERHEROS like you to give every deaf child, like Jacob, the confidence they need to succeed in the classroom, and beyond.
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