WATCH: 10 times children hearing for the first time stole our hearts

Little Malia is the definition of happiness when she hears for the first time. (Photo: YouTube)
Little Malia is the definition of happiness when she hears for the first time. (Photo: YouTube)

In 1974, photographer Jack Bradley managed to capture the exact moment 5-year-old Harold Whittles heard sound for the very first time.  

Born deaf, the expression of amazement on the young boy's face proved remarkable enough for the photograph to be featured in a 1974 Reader's Digest article entitled "Unforgettable moments caught on film."

Fast forward 45 years, and unforgettable moments caught on camera are in no short supply. 

With the ease of access technology provides, it's easy to forget how privileged we are to be able to witness miraculous moments like the incredible image below: 

And as we close off this decade, we thought Parent24 readers were due for a refresher of our favourite videos showing babies hearing for the first time captured this past decade. 


Georgina Addison

Little Georgina Addison, who is four-months-old, was born deaf and had two hearing aids fitted when she was just a few weeks old.

Read the full story here: Adorable deaf baby smiles from cheek-to-cheek when hearing aid is switched on

A’deja Rivers

One-year-old A’deja Rivers was born deaf and lived in a silent world without hearing her mom’s voice, but all this changed on 20 June 2019.

Read more about A’deja here: WATCH: Deaf toddler hears moms voice for the first time after getting cochlear implants

Scarlet Benjamin

Complications at birth meant hearing loss for Scarlet Benjamin. After a hearing aid was fitted at 11-months-old, the little one burst into an adorable chuckle at the sound of her sister's voice. 


Sienna Ashton 

Sienna Ashton was two-months-old when she heard for the first time, her parents were all hands on deck to capture the once in a lifetime moment. 

Read her story here: This baby girl shows us what hearing for the first time looks like


Charlotte Keane 

At four-months-old, Charlotte Keane had the Internet sobbing with this emotional reaction to her mother's voice. 

Alison Potts

A genetic disorder kept Ellianna Potts' world quiet up until the age of three months, here's the baby hearing her mom speaking for the first time with the help of a hearing aid. 


Elijah Cook

9-week-old Elijah Cook had never heard the sound of his mother's voice until this moment: 

Read his story here: Deaf baby hears mom's voice for the first time



Little Malia is the definition of happiness when she hears for the first time. 


Grayson Clamp

After undergoing an experimental procedure in 2013, three-year-old Grayson heard his father say "daddy loves you" for the first time.

6-month-old Jaylen 

Barely a year old, baby Jaylen let's out a joyful noise when his hearing aid is switched on. 

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