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4-year-old relearns to hear after becoming deaf

Posted at 8:11 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 20:11:56-04

INDIANAPOLIS – A 4-year-old girl from Terre Haute who suddenly went deaf celebrated one year of having her hearing back this week.

Last summer Kyrie Norris was diagnosed with an ear infection and her parents later learned she had gone deaf. They said she became less talkative, stopped responding to her name and her speech began to decline.

"She had such beautiful speech before and to just watch it decline, that was tough. We knew she would get it back eventually but just listening to 'I love you,' go to 'I wuv you,' I mean, it was challenging,” said Kyrie’s mother Jennifer.

Shortly after, doctors at Riley Children’s Hospital said the ear infection made her hearing worse and she needed a double cochlear implants

Following the five-hour surgery, her family said she’s slowly getting back to her old self. Kyrie attends speech therapy classes and has begun to pick up soft sounds.

"She listens to music just like she did before,” said father Travis. “She dances to the whip nae nae song, which is what she liked before and it came on the radio and in my truck and she started doing the moves to it and I was just blown away."

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