SOMERS, Mont. - At their ages, Toviah and his sister may not know exactly how important the iHear program has been for their family, but as they play and paint outside on a fall Montana day, Toviah's progress is pretty apparent.
When Toviah was eight months old, doctors broke the news to his parents, Ben and Maggie Graham: Toviah had suffered major hearing loss.
The family forged ahead, and acquired a cochlear implant for Toviah. They also began using the iHear program, which connects Toviah with a speech therapist at the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis.
The therapist asks Toviah about his day, and sings with him, and pretty much does anything that helps her track Toviah's progress. Now Toviah, a son of a fireman, gets to enjoy all his favorite sounds, and his smiles are contagious.
"It's been really fun, and it's such a blessing," said Maggie Graham.
More information on the program can be found here.