Five-year-old Chloe Ring was diagnosed deaf and registered blind within the first year of her life.
Because Chloe can see very little, she would not be able to use sign language. Her parents decided that cochlear implants were her best chance for learning how to communicate and understand the world around her.
When she was 14 months old, Chloe had an operation to insert cochlear implants into her ears. There is no guarantee of success with cochlear implants and when they do succeed, hearing is still limited. In Chloe's case however, the results were very positive.
On the day of the switch on a month later, Chloe responded to sound straight away and seemed to take delight in hearing the sounds around her.
Watch the video of Chloe's cochlear implants being activated
Six months later Chloe said her first words. Chloe has come a long way since then – she is a bright, funny, determined and extremely chatty little girl. Sense has been supporting Chloe, her family and her teachers to help her to communicate and learn. She recently started her first day at mainstream school in a classroom with 30 children – none of whom have sight and hearing difficulties and is thriving there.
Watch a wonderful video of Chloe at school with her friends
Stories about Chloe in the media
Watch the heartwarming moment this deaf toddler hears for the first time - Daily Mail
Deafblind girl hears her mother’s voice for the first time - Metro
Heartwarming moment deaf and blind girl hears for the first time - Daily Star
First published: Friday 4 April 2014
Updated: Monday 7 April 2014