Toddlers live in a big world where they are faced with brand new experiences every day. Something as small as a rain storm has the potential to make a big impact on a kiddo who is realizing for the first time that water falls from the sky.
So, we can only imagine the way little Annie felt when she heard sound for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant.
In a video posted to Facebook, Annie is seen playing at a table with her dad next to her. Her mom is behind the camera with her doctor.
Annie’s dad is signing to her, and she seems un-phased by her doctor visit (she had cute little animals to play with, after all). Then, her doctor turned on the implant, and Annie suddenly hears her dad whispering to her.
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The sweet tot was so surprised by the sounds, and excitedly looked at her dad for confirmation of what she was experiencing. As her doctor continues to test the implant, Annie moves to her dad’s lap and he explains what they are doing through ASL and speech. When her mom starts talking, her dad tells her, “that’s mama’s voice.”
Annie gets visibly overwhelmed by the new experience but continues on and adjusts to all the sounds. She and her dad move back over to the table, and she is finally overcome with joy as she smiles wide and looks back and forth at her parents who are equally as overwhelmed with emotion.
The video, which has been viewed over 3 million times, has racked up thousands of comments from people expressing their happiness for Annie. There are even a variety of comments from others in the hearing impaired community, sending love and encouragement to Annie and her parents during this exciting time.
Words can’t do Annie’s adorable reaction justice, though, so watch it in the video below (just make sure you have some tissues handy for your tears of joy). Then, be sure to share the love with your friends!
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