At just three months old, a blue-eyed boy named Sam was diagnosed with profound hearing loss. His parents, Chris and Teresa, found comfort and hope as they learned that a cochlear implant could one day help Sam to hear.
Cochlear implants are devices that can restore the ability to sense sound by taking it from the environment to the hearing nerve and directly to the brain, bypassing the damaged parts of the ear. The implant must be inserted surgically, and the surgery can be done no earlier than a child's first birthday.
For Chris and Teresa, the cochlear implant offered hope that Sam would have a chance to hear them sing him a lullaby or read him a story, listen to the laughter of older brother Jack, and reach for all his dreams in life.
Through articles, photographs, and videos you can learn about this family's journey to help Sam hear.