Deaf toddler hears his mother's voice for the first time

Published On: Sunday December 16, 2012 7:30 AM
By: Sarah Weiss
Cooper exited to hear her mother for the first time
(Scroll down for video) Two year old Cooper gasps and laughs as his mother says: "Hi Cooper!" No wonder he is hearing her voice for the first time.

"Cooper was born with profound hearing loss," his mother Lauren LaScala, a third grade teacher in Pennsylvania, said.

"Nobody in our family is deaf, but my husband and I were each carrying a gene of deafness without knowing it."

Cooper received a cochlear implant. "A video shows the first complete answer to any sound that is," says LaScala.

"Usually, when implants are first activated, the children cry or do nothing a response is very rare. We
 got lucky."

LaScala released the video back in October, but in recent days has appeared on YouTube LaScala is not sure how and has gone viral on the Internet, receiving about half a million hits and comments worldwide.

After eight months of using the device, LaScala says her son is "doing very well." He knows numbers till five, recognizes and says the colors, and can understand and recite his "ABC".

LaScala said that he too can verbalize the things you want. In the video, the first word Cooper asks to be identified is a goldfish cracker, which might not be a surprise to any mother with a toddler.