(PHOENIX) -- For the last six months, 2-year-old Asher Goldberg has been adjusting to sound, learning about his world, picking up words and even dancing to music.
After he was born, his parents endured several months of testing before doctors confirmed that he was deaf.
“It was difficult,” said his mother, Robyn Goldberg, about hearing the diagnosis. “It was very hard.”
“The first thing I thought is he is not going to be able to experience music the way I can,” his father, Michael Goldberg, told ABC News affiliate ABC15.com in Phoenix.
His parents suffered the loss of sound for him. They said they tried to learn sign language, attended therapy sessions and tried out hearing aids, but none of it helped create a common language for the three.
With a laugh, Michael Goldberg described his sign language skills as “awful to better than awful.”
So when a cochlear implant was suggested for Asher, the full-time working parents of two took the risk of surgery.
“The risks are so minimal and the benefits are just, it’s magical,” Robyn Goldberg said.
So in February, two months after receiving a cochlear implant — a device that helps people hear by electronically simulating the auditory nerve — Asher heard for the first time in his life.
“The best part, I think for both of us, he finally turned around when we said something,” Michael Goldberg said. “It’s not just so much that he’s hearing something, but he’s actually understanding some of the stuff.”
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