From Westgate-on-Sea, Olivia Wickham was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss when she was a year old. With presenter Emma Willis, iTV followed her hearing journey when parents Sally and Aaron wait to see whether their eight year-old daughter will be able to hear them for the very first time after being fitted with Cochlear™ Nucleus® Hybrid Implants at London St Thomas Hospital.
Not a lot. It’s difficult. I either guess or l lip-read. My one big wish is to hear music like how you hear music.
she also told Willis before she underwent surgery. A month later, Olivia’s family were told there was every possibility that once the implants were switched on, she may not be able to hear as clearly as they’d hoped.
Whoa! I can hear you and myself louder.
And she described her mum’s voice like a frog singing. The whole room lit up with joy and all the dreams she had of hearing the sea and hearing music began that day.
The show closes with a happy ending when Livi gets the chance to fulfill her dream of hearing and singing music on stage in London’s West End.
Cochlear provide a wide range of information and activities designed to help recipients develop or re-learn listening and language skills, please visit www.cochlear.com/uk/rehabilitation.
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