Sept 2018 Manawatu Standard
Maisy Taylor loves her new ears so much her mum has to smuggle them off her at night to recharge them.The three-and-a-half year old was born profoundly deaf, and two years ago had two life-changing cochlear implants. Mum Katie Taylor said Maisy's hearing loss was picked up early, and she was initially fitted with hearing aids. But by the time she was 18 months old, it was clear to her she was not hearing. She was alert, drinking in information about the world through her eyes, but not responding to her name.
Cochlear implants are no barrier to taking part in swimming lessons for Maisy Taylor, 3
Taylor said on the day she had her implants, her spoken language development was reset to that of a newborn. Two years later, she was closing the gap, hearing like a two year old and speaking like she was two-and-a-half or nearly three. "Our goal is for her to catch up by the time she starts school.” Taylor said it took time to help Maisy. "We talk a lot, and have to remember to speak slowly and clearly."
Maisy gets extra help from a teacher of the deaf when she goes to kindergarten in Bulls, and has things to do at home to help her understand some of the concepts people put into words.
"They say they do miss out on some things, like the things others overhear."
Noisy places, such as an indoor swimming pool, could be a challenge but on a quiet day at Feilding's Makino Aquatic Centre, Maisy is all ears for instructor Sara Kennard as she splashes like any other kid.