Ahavah, Elijah's mother commented “We could see there was a good chance that he wouldn’t pass additional tests,” Though she and Jason had been optimistic, the couple knew that hearing challenges were a possibility with their son. Both of their mothers and fathers are deaf, and Jason has no hearing in his left ear. “When Elijah came back (from the first test), we were expecting good news because we have almost a dozen nieces and nephews that have no hearing issues.”
Elijah was fitted with tiny hearing aids that allowed him to hear his mother - and the world - for the first time. The moment was captured on this video.
“The first time I saw him blink, I had a lot of emotions,” Ahavah said. “I was trying really hard not to cry. I didn’t want him to see me cry. I was trying hard to keep it together and just talk to him.”