Deaf News: Toddler left to celebrate birthday in silence after burglars steal his hearing aid

Posted on May 9, 2014

The Manchester Evening News has reported how a deaf toddler was left to celebrate his birthday in silence after burglars stole his hearing aid.

(Please note: as our commenters have pointed out, children can learn sign language before they can learn to speak, contrary to the comments of the mother in the article)


A deaf toddler celebrated his birthday in silence after thieves stole his hearing aid.

Dominic Harrington’s lifeline aid was snatched last Friday, six days before his third birthday, during a raid on his family’s Smallbridge home.

It meant the tot was unable to hear his mum Samantha wish him ‘Happy birthday’ on his big day on Thursday.

Mum-of-five Samantha said: “Everybody takes for granted saying things like night, night and I love you.

“But it’s his birthday and he won’t hear me say ‘Happy birthday’, he won’t understand.

“He can’t talk yet and he’s too young to learn sign language.”

The hearing aid was stolen during a burglary at the family’s Halifax Road home at around 10.40pm on Friday May 2.

Samantha and Dominic were upstairs with his siblings Libby, 10, Ryan, nine, Vikki, seven, and Alex, four when burglars sneaked into the house and snatched a laptop and the handbag containing the aid and birthday cash.

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