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Born Deaf, Brain Implant Offers Boy Ability To Hear


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A novel procedure is offering one little boy the chance to hear for the very first time.

Grayson Clamp, 3, was born with no cochlear nerves leaving him completely deaf. But in a video captured in May — that’s now going viral — Clamp is hearing for the first time thanks to an auditory brainstem implant he received earlier this year.

“Daddy loves you,” Len Clamp, tells his son in the video, as the boy gets a stunned look on his face.

“When they turned that thing on and it worked and he responded to that sound, it was just like a weight was lifted off me,” Grayson’s mom, Nicole Clamp, told NBC News.

Grayson Clamp is the first child to receive the implant in the United States.

The Clamps say their son is now working to understand the new experience of hearing sound and will be learning to make words on his own.

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  1. Cheryl Jorgensen says:

    Wondering what the deaf people among your readership think of this. Too bad that little boys have to have brain surgery and big scars in order to fit in a world that doesn’t appreciate the way that they communicate.

  2. Mary C says:

    This boy has been given the gift of a fifth sense. I believe he will enjoy it.

  3. Joyce says:

    Frankly, I find this article audist and/or ableist. Deaf people don’t need to be fixed.

  4. Candy Baka says:

    Check out the facts on the above story..If he received a cochlear implant, then the statement above is false. My son had the same surgery 3 years ago. He had profound hearing loss, and now he can hear, and starting to talk.

  5. George Martin says:

    I’m 48 years old, born with profound hearing loss, as Joyce said that the Deaf and Hard of Hearing don’t need to be fix. The big issue is how to communicate. ASL Language is something I picks up early age of teens, however I didn’t learn the language until I reach age of 30. With hearing aids growing up it has never really helps me understand fully in a social gathering, if I had learned ASL I would have not missed out on communicating with people in general. With the increase in Certified ASL Interpreter and ASL Teachers this is the key to future generations to get the fullness of any conversations. That said CI (cochlear implant) isn’t the answer , it is not just about hearing words and teaching how to talk it is about lifelong communications with everyone. ASL is the key for all hearing loss. Having available interpreters everywhere they can translate Drs appointment, meetings schools social gathering with the Hearing world, then among the Deaf world no need for an interpreter because most Deaf today use ASL to communicate among peers. I hope this helps.

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