BC Early Hearing Program (BCEHP) of Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) celebrated a milestone last month – 500,000 babies across BC have been screened for hearing loss.
We have Simon Lolliot and Kayli Johnson (Kayli is originally from Vancouver Island), the parents to the 500,000th baby screened by BCEHP in BC to share their stories about the program.
Simon and Kayli are both professors at UBC and like many new parents, did their fair share of research before their little girl came along.
“We read that hearing develops in utero,” Kayli says. “So we decided to read the same three stories by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd to Daela every night up until she was born – I grew up on Vancouver Island surrounded by Roy Henry Vickers’ art. During Daela’s hearing screening, we had to turn her over to test her other ear, and she started to fuss. Simon started to recite one of the stories to her, and she calmed right down. So we’ve seen firsthand how powerful hearing is, even at the newborn stage.”