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Grayson Clamp, hear for the first time, deaf, auditory brainstem implant

Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

Grayson, a three-year-old, has started to babble and is working hard to learn some words to say. He’s a little late compared to other children, but Grayson has had a few more challenges in his life than other children his age. 

Apart from heart surgery and the loss of sight in one eye, until May 21 this year, he had never heard a sound. He was completely deaf. 

Grayson was born without the nerves (the cochlear nerves) that take sound from the inner ear to the brain. Surgeonsat the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. implanted a device into his brainstem that corrected the missing connection, the first time this has been done with a child.

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