Ava & Shari
My husband and I learned that Ava was profoundly deaf in both ears when she was five weeks old—it was very emotional for me. I wasn’t satisfied with our experience with the first specialist we saw, so when I heard about Dr. Jack Shohet, I wanted to meet him. I heard that people come from all over the world to be treated by Dr. Shohet. I walked out of my first meeting with him convinced I wanted him to perform Ava’s cochlear implant surgery. Not only did he have the expertise, but he took the time to answer all my questions. I never felt rushed. He was also the only one who could tell me why my daughter was deaf.
Dr. Shohet performed two separate cochlear implant surgeries on Ava. He was wonderful before, during and after the surgeries. Now that both devices have been turned on, the difference in Ava is amazing. She knows her name, she dances to music. If the door slams, she’ll turn around to look. At only 14 months, she talks a lot. Judging by my experience with my four other children, I’d say her speech development is right on schedule. If you didn’t see her implants, you’d never know she was deaf.
Mary B. and son Rod, 7
Dr. Shohet and Cheryl Tanita are so good with children! Rod was deaf in both ears and he just wasn’t hearing with his hearing aids. His speech development was not progressing. Dr. Shohet suggested a cochlear implant and at our initial consultation, he answered every one of my questions–2 pages worth! He performed the implant procedure nearly 2 years ago and the results have been terrific.
Cheryl has also been great. After Rod’s implant, she made sure his mapping was perfect—she wouldn’t let us leave until she found a way to make it just right. Now, Rod’s speech is normal. He was mainstreamed in Kindergarten and is excelling along with the rest of his peers. How can you ever thank someone for giving your child a ‘normal’ life?