The Samson Family’s Story

October 4th, 2008 by | Tags: | 4 Comments »

At this year’s AG Bell Convention in Milwaukee, I had the pleasure of meeting Tania and Jonathan Samson and their adorable son, Jacob.  The Samsons have appeared in various hearing loss-related publications and even shared their family’s story for Cochlear’s promotional DVD “Jacob’s Story”.  They are gracious, enthusiastic advocates for cochlear implant technology and Auditory-Verbal Therapy, and also some of the most friendly, engaging people I have ever met.  In the short time we spent together, the Samsons made me feel incredibly welcomed as part of their extended network of family and friends, and I look forward to seeing them again soon at future Cochlear and AG Bell events.

Here is their inspirational story:




…and, as a special treat, Tania and Jonathan’s son, Jacob, who is six years old and a bilateral cochlear implant recipient, shares his thoughts with you as well.  Isn’t he just the cutest, most precocious little thing?  I had a blast playing around with him!



Thank you, Samson Family, for sharing your incredible story with us all!

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Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.


October 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm

What a cool family! And Jacob is so cute you could eat him up!

Deaf Person

October 4, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Thank you soooo much for the last part on Jacob. We just saw “Jacob’s Story” and I was wondering about how he was doing now. CASTLE gave the DVD to us to view since the parents are deaf just like us except we use sign language. The first appointments went well and we were pleased with those who will be working on our son’s case. It looks like he will be approved for CI and they mentioned that the surgery could be done in Jan. I was hoping that it could be earlier. The team was also impressed that we did a lot of research and got AVT for our son. We even use different simple methods at home even if we don’t have the greatest voice and don’t hear as much. Sometimes we even have to pretend that we heard something in order to show him that something is making noises (when we know it).

October 8, 2008 at 6:56 am

He is so cute!


November 13, 2008 at 8:41 pm

I really enjoyed your family story. You are both amazing parents and I congratulate you, as a Grandmother of children about your kids ages, and as a prospective candidate for a CI myself.
Enjoy your children, and all the joys ahead!
Warm regards,