Skip to comments.Deaf Boy Shocked After Brain Implant Helps Him Hear Dad For the First Time
Posted on 06/20/2013 3:49:19 PM PDT by NYer
Children’s physical disabilities are all too often a reason for parents to decide to have an abortion, but sometimes parents choose life and then the miracle of modern technology takes over.
That is the case for a three-year-old boy who is now hearing the world — and his father — for the first time thanks to an auditory brain stem implant.
Little Grayson Clamp was born without his cochlear nerves — the nerves necessary to transmit sound form the inner ear to the brain. A cochlear implant did not work so his parents went to the next option.
“They then enrolled Grayson in a research trial at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C,” a report says. “Three weeks ago, he became the first child in the U.S. to receive an auditory brain stem implant.”
Now, he is hearing.
Enjoy this celebration of life:
“He likes sound,” young Grayson’s mom Nicole Clamp, said to CBS affiliate WBTV in Charlotte, N.C. “He enjoys the stimulus, the input. He’s curious, and he definitely enjoys it.”
The procedure involves placing a microchip on the brain stem to bypass the cochlear nerves altogether. The person perceives and processes sound, which travel through tubes in his ear.
Dr. Craig Buchman, Grayson’s head and neck surgeon at UNC, explained to CBSNews.com that the devices were made several years ago for adults who have tumors in their cochlear nerves, but it has never been approved for use in children in the United States.. While the implants were able to give back some hearing to the adults that received them, they were not as effective as cochlear implants.
However, Buchman’s team’s theory was that if the auditory brain stem implant was put in a young child, they may be better at processing the sounds.
“One of the reasons we really were interested in this study, children have enormous potential because of their brain plasticity,” he said. “They have enormous potential to interpret sounds…. I don’t know what he hears and how he’s going to use it, but only time will tell.”
Grayson was the first chosen because he had high cognitive abilities and used cued speech, a form of sign language used to communicate. That way, doctors could see if he was hearing anything and responding to sound stimuli.
Video at link.
The look on his little face was miraculous.
Why don’t we ever see reactions like this when the Benny Hinns of the world “heal” the deluded people at his rallies?
Oh.... never mind.
Doesn’t make any sense. He’s to young to vote Democrat.
What does that mean? It makes no sense to the story.
The awe and wonder of sound in one expression.
Did they give him a “Mute” button cause I would kill for one of those!!!!
I was simply wondering if a child would be able to have such an operation under 0bamacare. I thought it made sense after the stink that was made recently over the little girl getting a liver. Children don’t rate real high with this regime.
Just priceless. And precious. :-)
What special parents for a special little guy. Where else in the world are they doing surgery like this. In Europe.nope. In Asia. Nope. In South America, Africa. Nope. Definately not in the Middle East (with the possible exception of Israel).
So what does the good ole USA do. SCREW WITH IT UNMERCIFULLY UNTIL IT SUCKS AS HARD AS THE REST OF THE WORLD.
Ok, I get it now.