December 27, 2005

Positivity: Formerly Deaf Girl Hears Christmas Music for the First Time

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:09 am

A pre-Christmas story that still warms the heart:

Deaf girl hears Jingle Bells for the first time
(Filed: 23/12/2005)

Josie Caven, who was born deaf, will be able to hear Christmas carols for the first time after having cochlear implants in both ears.

Josie, 12, was previously able to distinguish only a few sounds through hearing aids which she has worn from the age of two.

She beamed with delight as she listened to Jingle Bells on the radio for the first time.

“It is so nice to hear music, especially Christmas carols,” she said.

“I have asked mum and dad for an iPod so I can listen to the Black Eyed Peas.”

Josie, who lives with her father Richard, 43, mother Teresa, 37, sister Olivia, 10, and brother Anthony, four, suffers wide vestibular aqueduct syndrome.

The condition, which Olivia also has, causes deafness through allowing an exchange of fluids that damages the inner ear. Mrs Caven, who runs the Old Station Inn, at Birstwith, near Harrogate, North Yorks, with her husband, said: “I have never seen Josie so happy.

“She heard Jingle Bells on the radio and when she looked up her face was a picture as she realised what she was listening to.

“She wants an iPod for Christmas. There is a wire which can go directly to the implants, so it will be like having her favourite music inside her head.”

….. “Being able to see her face light up as she takes in everything around her is all I could have asked for this Christmas.”

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