Rita Simons devastated over daughter's decline

Rita Simons and her husband Theo Silverton were devastated to learn that their daughter Maiya will eventually lose all her hearing

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Rita Simons was devastated to learn on camera that her daughter's hearing will eventually be completely lost.

The 'EastEnders' actress explores Maiya's condition with her husband Theo Silverston in new documentary 'Rita Simons: My Daughter, Deafness and Me' and the couple were agonised to discover the five-year-old youngster - who has no hearing in her left ear and can only hear very loud sounds in her right without hearing aids - will experience deterioration.

She said: "I haven't at any point said to her, It's very likely you're going to lose all your hearing.'

"It's my job to manage it and work out how we're going to cope and when the time is right, then I would tell her."

Theo added: "It was a bit of a shock. You just don't want to hear it. You want them to say, 'Actually, she's doing really well. There's a chance she's going to be OK.' But they can't say that."

In the documentary, Rita looks at the prospect of Maiya - whose twin sister Jaimee has no hearing problems - having cochlear implants in a bid to boost her hearing and she eventually decides to go ahead with the procedure in the future after seeing how they improve the life of a 10-year-old deaf boy named Jack.

She added to The Sun newspaper: "I definitely went into this thinking it was a bit of an intrusive contraption and a massive nightmare.

"But looking at Jack and his reaction, it's going to change his life and it's going to change it for the better. I have learnt so much.

"Now I have changed my mind again and I am 100 per cent sure I want to go down the cochlear route."

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