The road to getting cochlear implants started when Hope and Jacob Higgins noticed their son, Connor, wasn’t making eye contact with his parents whenever they spoke to him.
He wasn’t making the usual baby noises, either.
When he turned 15 months old, a doctor diagnosed Connor with auditory neuropathy, a condition that causes a block between his brain waves and sound waves.
“We didn’t want to think he was really deaf. Knowing that he can’t hear, it was devastating,” Hope said to Inside Edition.
Hearing aids didn’t work for Connor. But his parents didn’t stop.
“I couldn’t imagine living in a world of silence like Connor has been, so we wanted to take a chance.”
And so, Hope and Jacob made the decision to get cochlear implants for their son. After his cochlear implants were successfully done, Hope and Jacob decided to take it a step further.
They knew the cochlear implants would undoubtedly raise curiosity, questions, and maybe even discrimination among other kids as Connor got older, so they decided to make a change themselves, too. Hope shaved the sides of her head, and she and Jacob got cochlear implant tattoos to match their son’s real ones.
“When I was getting mine done, my husband brought him in at the end of my session. He was feeling my head and pointing to the tattoos,” Hope recalled.
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