Rita Simon reveals that her daughter Maiya is going to undergo life-changing operations that will allow her to regain her hearing back. Maiya is deaf on the right ear, and this has inhibited her hearing limiting her hearing only to the left ear.
In the process of many considerations, thoughts, and soul searching, Rita Simons and her husband Theo Silverstone have come to the decision that Maiya will operation to regain her hearing. The surgery entails a cochlear implant. Maiya’s parents seized the opportunity. It cannot be avoided because Maiya risk being deaf if the operation will not be done.
Even though cochlear implant will not give normal hearing, it will give her sound sensation. The operation comprises a process drilling a hole in the skull so that it paves way for the insertion of an electronic device that is going to aid stimulates the auditory nerve. Like any other medical operation, the implant involves some amount of risk that comprises infection; it can partially or wholly damage residual hearing, and can as well cause impairment of sensations of the face. Despite the likelihood that might arise in operation, it is found that the success rate is 95%.
The decision to have the operation done is not without a lot of criticism. Maiya’s parents are accused of child abuse. People claim that deafness is not a condition that requires treatment but instead deafness is a physical deficiency that does not any correction of any form. They argue that deafness should be embraced.
As per Rita Simons, she can do anything to the point of taking her life for the sake of her girls. She asserts that the surgery is not a complete cure for the condition, but rather it is a procedure that is going to assist Maiya use sound to comprehend information.
The condition was realized when Maiya was very young, but it was thought of at first to be a ‘glue ear.’ At six months, it was apparent that Maiya had no hair cells in the cochlea. The worm of this is to trigger impulses to auditory nerve to capture sound. At eight months, Maiya was using hearing aids but was so uncomfortable with them.
When Maiya was four years, tests indicated that she was suffering from mondini malformation and vestibular aqueduct. The former is premature development of the cochlea whereas the latter is a narrow canal filled with fluid. Doctors established that with time the condition is going to deteriorate.
The news that Maiya was going to lose her hearing entirely was a shock to both parents and particularly Theo. However, through information from talking to people, the parents came to know that there is cochlear implant as a way of correcting the situation. Other parents have been encouraged to use a free online hearing test if they have concerns.
Maiya as per the experts has high IQ which is a thrilling thing to the parents. It is giving the parents hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Rita and Theo ponder over it, re-examines the situation, and judges themselves of whether they are depriving Maiya of her potential to great things with the high abilities based on IQ.
In considering the condition, its progressing nature of deterioration, and the possibility of filling the gap later leaves the parents with no option but have they undergo cochlear implant. Maiya has been made to understand the procedure; she is ready and willing to have it done to correct the deficiency.