A video, which has gone viral on Facebook during hearing awareness week, shows Lachlan at 7 weeks, being fitted with a hearing aid before grinning broadly as he hears his mother’s voice for the first time.
“I’ve never been so happy in my whole life,” says Lachlan’s mum, Michelle Lever, overwhelmingly relieved that her baby can now fully communicate with his surroundings. “Before the hearing aid he never smiled. It’s like he just realised there’s a whole new world out there.”
More than just a heart-warming story, Lachlan’s plight highlights the vital role played by neonatal hearing screening, and the importance of sensitive & trusted screening technology.