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A Baby Hears His Parents’ Voices for the First Time

Eleven-month-old Julian Epstein experiences the gift of sound.

Eleven-month-old Julian Epstein sat between his parents in a private room in the Hearing and Speech Center with a team from NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, his attention on the stuffed elephant in his hands. His care team had decorated the room with presents, a cake, and silver balloons that spelled out “Ace,” Julian’s nickname, meaning “the highest, luckiest, most valuable card in the deck” to his parents, Tracy DiMarco-Epstein and Corey Epstein. Also in tow were Julian’s grandparents, aunts, uncle, cousin, and two older sisters, as they all waited for a special moment in Julian’s life: He was going to hear for the very first time.

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