Lincoln mom says son’s hearing devices were returned

Blackstone Valley

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A family from Lincoln is breathing a sigh of relief after their son’s missing cochlear implant processors [a hearing device] were returned.

Karen Oliver says the devices give her 7-year-old son Benji, who is deaf, the ability to hear, but they went missing from the family locker room at the MacColl YMCA on Saturday.

She took to Facebook on Saturday night after seeing how the ordeal impacted her son, saying he is panicked and upset.

“Without them he can’t hear at all. He is completely deaf. When he has them on he can hear pretty normally. It enables him to fully participate in the world he can speak he can listen he sings he dances. He pretty much enable him to do everything,” she said.

Oliver tells Eyewitness News the device was returned Sunday evening; a huge relief considering it would have cost around $10,000 each to replace.

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