A baby girl’s reaction to hearing her sister’s voice for the first time has melted hearts across the internet. Eleven-month-old Scarlet Benjamin received her first hearing instruments on January 10. Her mother posted a video on her Facebook page of the hearing device fitting at Atlanta Hearing Associates in Milledgeville, Georgia. It’s not hard to see why this family’s experience has captured so much attention.
After having hearing instruments placed in her ears, Scarlet seems a bit confused. It is then that her four-year-old big sister, Halie, gets her attention by sweetly calling out, “Baby sister. Baby sister.” From there, it’s all giggles and tears as Scarlet erupts with laughter at hearing her sister’s voice clearly for the first time. Mom reacts with shock and joy. Scarlet’s giggles about her new-found hearing are infectious, and the video has gone on to become a viral sensation.
In her Facebook post, Scarlet’s mother, Carol Dianne Benjamin, wrote:
“As everyone knows when Scarlet was born she was 3 months early. She ended up getting NEC (and certain stomach infection) and the antibiotics that she needed cause hearing loss. It has been a LONG and emotional experience,” starts the Facebook post accompanying Carol’s video.
“She reacted to most sounds so we thought she could hear fairly well. After what I witnessed today, it was not as well as I thought. Hearing aids make a WORLD of difference! I am so blessed and thankful for Atlanta Hearing Associates in Milledgeville for all that they have done for our baby girl,” the post continues.
Importance of Detecting Hearing Loss Early
Babies first learn to communicate by watching and listening to those around them. They watch their parents’ faces closely and begin to discern different tones as their hearing continues to develop. By three months, they are smiling when spoken to, and by six months, they are imitating sounds. Anything that disrupts a child’s ability to hear causes delays in speech and communication. When hearing loss is diagnosed before the age of six months, babies exhibit improved speech and language development.
Early detection and intervention of hearing loss have been proven to produce better outcomes for young patients, and newborn hearing screenings are standard in United States hospitals. The testing vigilance of the hospital that treated Scarlet is what eventually led the Benjamin family to Atlanta Hearing Associates.
Newborn hearing screenings are standard in United States hospitals. The testing vigilance of the hospital that treated Scarlet is what eventually led the Benjamin family to Atlanta Hearing Associates.
“Anyway, enjoy one of the absolute best days of our lives. By the way, I’m crying, you’re crying, everyone is crying,” Benjamin wrote.
Yes. Yes we are.