Jan 2018 Daily Mail
An adorable little boy couldn't contain his excitement as he heard music for the very first time thanks to life changing-surgery. Owen Montoya was born deaf, but last week the 15-month-old underwent surgery in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, to place a cochlear implant in his left ear. The excited toddler shakes his fist around and jumps up and down in time with the music. His beaming smile continues throughout and his equally excited mother asks: 'Are you jamming? What is it? Is it a drum solo?’ Owen's mum Janae Montoya, 26, said: 'We were so excited for to see him enjoying music this much, it was the craziest moment ever.
'When we found out Owen was deaf it was hard for us, because our family is very musical. I've always wanted him to experience it. I was a bit nervous when I turned the music on, because lots of babies don't react very well. I was expecting to have to turn it right off. But Owen is different, he marches to the beat of his own drum. Straight away he started dancing, bopping his head and rocking out.'
Nurse Janae, was concerned because her son was initially alarmed by the beeping tests once his cochlear implant was turned on. But she said the moment they hooked his new listening device up to her phone to play music, his frown turned upside down. Janae played Owen a gospel song which is special to the family, who are deeply religious and tightly involved with their local church. And it seems it was love at first listen as she said Owen has been totally immersing himself in music every day since.
Janae added: 'He's been plugged in the last two days listening to different stuff and absolutely loving it. He loves live music most, I think he feels like he's actually there. His grandparents used to sing, I used to sing, my brother went to a musical school, we're all singers and very musical. It's a huge part of everything we do. This has opened so many doors for him. Owen is perfect the way he is, but the cochlear implant is a tool for him to build relationships and experience music. It can be heartbreaking knowing something is closed off to your child, and now he has every opportunity in the world.’