It's a moment that's been four years in the making. A local girl with severe hearing loss clearly hears her mother's voice for the first time.
There was a time when the little girl's mother didn't think the gift of hearing was possible. All of that changed thanks to a private donation and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.
For four years Raniyah Stevenson has gotten by reading lips, unable to hear normal conversation. She struggles with speech and fitting in.
"Children with hearing loss benefit from hearing aids to allow them to hear normally. It's important they have access to hearing aids as soon as possible," said Dr. Soham Roy, Director of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth Medical School.
This week Raniyah is getting fitted for custom, top of the line hearing aids. When they're turned on she hears the world loud and clear for the first time.
Hearing aids can cost well into the thousands of dollars and often aren't covered by insurance or Medicaid. They've always been out of reach for Raniyah's family and so many others. Now thanks to a private donation from the oil company Micro Seismic, the hospital is providing hearing aids to a number of low income patients.
"This grant provided by the Micro Seismic Corporation is going to be critical to provide hearing aid services for children who otherwise might not be able to get them because of insurance or lack of financial resources," said Dr. Roy.