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Deaf dad, toddler hear each other for first time

Randy Adams and his son, 16-month-old Max, have the same hair, the same eyes and the same hearing impairment.

When the 35-year old Canton construction worker met his wife Michelle at a party four years ago, he typed out messages on his Phone to introduce himself.  

The son of two deaf parents, Randy had been born profoundly deaf.

Randy and Michelle didn’t realize their son would be born with the same genetic inner ear defect as his dad.

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“I was very upset at first, and I know it sounds weird because I’m fine with Randy being deaf,” says Michelle Adams. “But, it just made me really sad because I thought of all the things he wouldn’t experience.”

When double hearing aids didn’t help, Michelle began researching a cochlear implant for Max, which caught Randy off guard.

“He got very upset,” she remembers. “He said he likes him the way he is, he doesn’t want to change him. And why don’t  I like him the way he is?”

Michelle says it took time to agree on what to do, if anything.

“It really took a lot of time,” she says.  “He did his research as well. And we’d talk about it all the time.”

With Randy’s reluctant blessing, Max underwent cochlear implant surgery in October of 2016 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The change, Michelle Adams says, was striking.   

“And before that he’d not been responsive at all,” she says. “It was just like he was bored all the time. He was a different baby when he could hear.”

Randy noticed it, too.

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“He saw how happy Max would get,” Michelle Adams says. “He literally would start laughing and giggling and just getting so excited whenever we’d put it on him and say, ‘Hi Max!’ And he’d just start going crazy.”

The change in the now 16-month-old was so profound, that on March 1, Randy underwent the very same surgery….

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