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Born deaf and mute, local preschool graduates can now hear and speak

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It wasn't too long ago, that infants born deaf and mute could only grow up with sign language and a struggling voice to communicate.

That was then, this is now.

At a preschool graduation Wednesday, families call this school's work a miracle.

Clara Johnson, Ella Quisenberry and Rylee Collins were all either born with or quickly developed profound deafness.  As infants or toddlers the trio came to Marshall University's Luke Lee Listening Language and Learning Lab.

That's where they were fitted with cochlear implants.

Now at 5 and 6-years-old, they are graduating with a simple but also profound degree.  They learned how to listen and talk.

Started in 2006, the hearing and speech therapy program teaches the children, and teaches their families how to teach their kids.

The goal is to mainstream young student who once were separated.

In the past eight years, about 50 children have attended the listening and language center.

 

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