(as told by Annabeth’s parents) Annabeth was eight months old when she did not hear me call her name one morning. Two weeks later, we learned that Annabeth has congenital bilateral profound hearing loss. Her diagnosis left us blind-sided, confused, and frightened. Moreover, we did not know what to do for her. Our audiologist suggest Annabeth begin working with an AV-therapist at AVC. For three months prior to her receiving her first cochlear implant, we attended weekly sessions—she began to understand the routine, and I learned habits that would help me teach her when her implant was activated. She received her first implant at 12 months and her second four months later. We continued to drive into Atlanta once a week - learning to hear, learning to listen, learning to speak. Some days were very difficult, others were days to celebrate. Now, as a graduate from the Auditory-Verbal program, you would never guess she was once without sound. She distinguishes between sounds, comprehends words, dances to any music she hears, sings along with her favorite princesses, whispers “I love you bunches”, and out-talks her extroverted older brother! We are so grateful for the hard work we put into helping Annabeth hear and speak. And we know that while technology and physicians are wonderful, Annabeth’s success would only be a fraction of what it is now without the lessons we learned at AVC. AVC is more than therapy; it is a safe place for all of us affected by hearing loss to learn, grow, and flourish. Activating Annabeth’s implant did not deliver an instant solution to the challenges of hearing loss; it was only a step in a long journey. Thankfully, AVC was our experienced guide and led us with knowledge, experience, creativity, humor, patience and a great deal of love and compassion.