Media Planet_LOGO_blackMedia Planet: Listen to the Music: How a Cochlear Implant Restored One Girl’s Hearing

“Music has always been a big part of Jaime Vernon’s life. She grew up in a small town in Ohio, the daughter of a single mother who loved gospel music. Today she lives in Nashville with her husband Kevin, the brother of Rascal Flatts frontman Gary Levox.”

To Vernon, the thought of not being able to hear music was inconceivable. So when a hearing problem affected her family, she was devastated. In March 2009, she and Kevin got the news: ‘Your child is deaf.’

The Vernons wondered how to help Lexi. Could her hearing be fixed?

Songs for Sound

Fortunately the answer arrived, in the form of cochlear implants, a surgically implanted device that restores sound. When she was 18 months old, Lexi was implanted bilaterally with cochlear implants, a Cochlear Americas System that’s bluetooth-enabled and allows Lexi to swim. Its software settings can change to match listening environments the child enters.

The results were immediate, Vernon says. On her first day with cochlear implants, Lexi heard a bird chirping. Within her first month, she had said ‘ma ma.’ Lexi had audiology classes and worked on speaking with a speech therapy team. In only one year, she gained the two years of speech she had lost.

‘Out of our personal experience,’ says Vernon, ‘I started Songs for Sound, a 501(c)3 charity to help some of the 360 million people worldwide suffering with hearing loss.’”

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Renee Oehlerking
Renee Oehlerking is the Public Relations Manager at Cochlear Americas where she is responsible for the region’s public relations and consumer marketing social media. Renee enjoys uncovering, telling and showcasing the inspiring stories of hearing implant recipients. As a recent transplant to Denver, Colorado, Renee enjoys exploring all that the state has to offer outdoors.