Aug 2020 Daily Mail Australia
The heartwarming moment a two-year-old girl hears her mother's voice for the first time after cochlear implant surgery was caught on camera by her family. Footage shows Mavis Malone, from Kansas, playing with toys as her mother, Casey Cain Malone, begins speaking to her. Casey asks her daughter 'can you hear mama?' as well as signing her name, to see if her little girl can hear her voice. Casey said 'There's just that split second right before she covers them that I felt like she wanted to cry like, 'Ooh I heard,' you know?'
The touching moment Mavis Malone, from Kansas, realises she can hear her mother, Casey Cain Malone, for the first time
Mavis initially looks shocked before she covers her face with her hands and then wraps her arms round her mother's neck in an emotional embrace
Her parents, Casey and Ahmadd, noticed something was not right when they realised Mavis was not responding to things. 'She wouldn't even react,' Casey Malone said 'She wouldn't do anything until she actually turned her head to look at me, and I would startle her.' Casey said it was very different to how her two older children Cain and Ronin had acted as babies. The family first saw doctors in Topeka before they were then referred to Children's Mercy for tests. Mavis was diagnosed with EVA, or enlarged vestibular aqueducts, a condition which leads to severe and total hearing loss. EVA is a is a common congenital inner ear malformation, which is characterised by a vestibular aqueduct with a diameter larger than 1.5mm.
At first Mavis was given hearing aids, which initially seemed to work, but they stopped being effective as her hearing loss was too severe. Her parents then opted for a surgery to put cochlear implants in both of her ears. Mavis's cochlear implants were finally activated, allowing the two-year-old to hear for the first time. Casey said it is 'overwhelming' for Mavis, as it is a 'lot of noise all at once', but added that she can already tell when Mavis is just ignoring them. 'I'm happy that my sister can hear and I love her,' her older brother Ronin said.