One-year-old cochlear implant recipient Blake Zimmerman sits on his father’s lap, his attention focused on a colorful toy.
Trinity Health Audiologists Jerrica Maxson, AuD, and Tricia Nechodom, AuD, begin stimulating Blake’s auditory nerve through the implant, starting with soft beeps that gradually grow louder.
Finally Blake’s expression says it all. He’s hearing sound through his implantfor the first time.
I’ve been working with pediatric cochlear patients for almost eight years,” Maxson said. “”It’s really become my favorite part of my job. To restore a child’s hearing and watch the parents react
there’s nothing like it. I get emotional every single time.””