Hear­ing hope

New hear­ing aid for brave lit­tle Lloyd

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A brave lit­tle Ruther­glen lad who suf­fers from a rare ge­netic dis­or­der could be in line to re­ceive a pi­o­neer­ing new hear­ing aid tech­nol­ogy.

The Re­former has fol­lowed the progress of five-year-old Lloyd Wray since 2010.

The three-year-old suf­fers from Treacher Collins Syn­drome, a rare au­to­so­mal dom­i­nant con­gen­i­tal dis­or­der that is found in about one in ev­ery 10,000 births.

The signs and symp­toms of this dis­or­der vary greatly, rang­ing from al­most un­no­tice­able to se­vere.

Lloyd was born on June 23, 2010, but was later ad­mit­ted to Yorkhill Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, Glas­gow, with a chest in­fec­tion.

He had a brain scan which re­vealed he had Treacher Collins syn­drome.

As a re­sult Lloyd, of Calder­wood Road, had to have a hear­ing aid fit­ted as well as a tra­cheostomy.

He lives with mum Donna ( 39), dad Brian (41), brother Lay­ton(12) and sis­ter Leah(9).

In 2013 Lloyd had an op­er­a­tion to have a baha hear­ing fit­ted.

A baha hear­ing aid is a bone-an­chored hear­ing which is a type of hear­ing aid based on bone con­duc­tion.

How­ever this type of hear­ing aid caused prob­lems for Lloyd, as Donna ex­plained: “With this type of hear­ing aid Lloyd had to have a pin in­serted in his head.

“How­ever the pin ac­tu­ally fell out. We were go­ing back to the hos­pi­tal this month to get it put back.

“Now there’s this new prod­uct and it could make a lot of dif­fer­ence for Lloyd.”

The new hear­ing aid is called the Baha At­tract Sys­tem.

The hear­ing aid has a mag­netic con­nec­tion that of­fers ease- of- use and an in­vis­i­ble link be­tween the Baha sound pro­ces­sor and the im­plant.

Donna added: “It will be a lot bet­ter than hav­ing the pin in and hope­fully it will be more com­fort­able. We still need to speak to the hos­pi­tal about it but we’re pos­i­tive.”

Lloyd has re­cently grad­u­ated from Stonelaw Pre School, he will go on to Calder­wood Pri­mary af­ter the sum­mer.

The fam­ily have only re­cently re­turned from a hol­i­day in Spain and were given a fright be­fore they left as Lloyd had trou­ble with his breath­ing.

Donna added: “Be­fore we went on hol­i­day he had a vi­ral in­fec­tion for a cou­ple of weeks. We had him at the hos­pi­tal as he was hav­ing trou­ble with his breath­ing which caused by things like flem.

“It cleared up okay but it was quite wor­ry­ing at the time!

De­spite that scare, lit­tle Lloyd has been thriv­ing and can’t wait to start pri­mary school.

It was his birth­day not long ago and they hosted a pi­rate themed birth­day party.

Donna added: “It was his fifth birth­day in June. We got him a bike so he is en­joy­ing learn­ing to cy­cle.

“We’re also get­ting him to learn to swim, which he’s also re­ally keen on.

“He loved the pi­rate themed party, he had a great time.

“We’ve got him his new lunch box and bag for school and he’s re­ally keen to get started!”

Fam­ily Lloyd with mum Donna and dad Brian

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