Author: Jeff Holt

A happy coincidence for Irish tot with cochlear implants

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Roisin and her cousin Mia enjoying a day at the park

Editor’s note: The thing about clichés is sometime they are just spot on. “It’s small world after all,” sprung to mind when I heard about how hearing-restoration researcher Jeffrey Holt, PhD, met Roisin Morgan, an Irish toddler with hearing loss, on an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Boston. Read Holt’s recount of their meeting, and watch the reunion video.

On Dec. 16, 2015, as I boarded my flight from Dublin to Boston, there was a family with a three-year-old daughter. I noticed the little girl had bilateral cochlear implants.

As the family made their way to their seats, I noticed one implant had become dislodged and was dangling from the little girl’s ear. But it was a crowded plane, and before I could intervene, they were whisked away among a crowd of busy holiday travelers, anxious to be on their way.

Five minutes later, a voice came over the airplane public announcement system and announced a passenger had lost a hearing device and asked other passengers to keep an eye out for the missing device.

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