THREE-YEAR-OLD PEYTON HAS A PROFOUND HEARING LOSS WHICH WAS PICKED UP THROUGH THE NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING PROGRAMME.
At 8 months she received a cochlear implant in her right ear, and at 16 months she was implanted in her left. Peyton has been switched on for more than 2 years now and her language has developed quickly. “And it’s never really slowed down!” says Peyton’s mum Rochae.
“Her speech has continued to flourish, especially in the last year-and-a-half. She continues to amaze me with words I didn’t know she had. Peyton loves to sing and be the loudest in our house! She is always telling stories and acting.
“I CONSTANTLY GET A SHOCKED RESPONSE WHEN I TELL PEOPLE SHE’S PROFOUNDLY DEAF!”
Amy is Peyton’s therapist and says the youngster’s language is developing well. “Her language skills are now at a similar level to children her chronological age with typical hearing. She has strengths with her knowledge and use of words, scoring well ahead of her chronological age.”
Peyton’s family is extremely supportive of The Hearing House – they take part in and organise fundraising events and Rochae makes herself available to offer support to families new to The Hearing House.
Peyton attends The Hearing House’s preschool – the Joyce Fisher Preschool – three days a week. “Peyton definitely loves the new preschool and enjoys going to school.”
Rochae says there is great anticipation about the new centre.
“We are definitely looking forward to all the services being back under one roof. It makes it easier to touch base with Peyton’s therapist and audiologists all at once.
“I am also looking forward to seeing The Hearing House grow and develop into a larger service and building. “It’s definitely going to be different seeing the new building compared to when Peyton first came to The Hearing House in the original building – a big difference. “It’s all very exciting.”