Bruna was born in Geneva (Switzerland) on October 2020. Those first days were very intense and, inside the whirlpool of being new parents, still at the hospital, a nurse performing an aural screening test kept saying “it is not going through”, every time she stopped by our room to perform it. Our daughter’s hearing did not respond. However, no one seemed bothered by it: babies may still have amniotic fluid inside their ears, there was no risk of a virus, no family history… She had tiny ears and the device they were using for the test did not even fit inside them.
After 4 months, they performed a test of auditory evoked potentials (AEP). It was on that day, two hours after performing the test, when we were told that our daughter did not hear any high pitched sounds. No answer in high pitch sounds. High pitch sounds define consonants. Consonants are what make language, messages, and communication in general comprehensible.
Our hearts froze for the first time. Bruna was only 4 months old. The world crumbled in front of us. Would our daughter be able to communicate? Would she be able to speak? How would she hear? Would she be able to hear at all? Will she ever hear? Will she be able to hear our voices in a soft and beautiful way? And music? I had been singing to her from the moment I found out she was inside me. On that day our souls faded.
The next few months were full of adjustments to check if we were lucky and Bruna could manage with hearing aids only. They were months of getting used to the idea of accepting and embracing the situation with all our love. We could see Bruna was reacting to stimuli, and that gave us hope. Her energy, her laugh, her happiness is what makes our lives full.