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Jun 20, 2013 8:19 PM by Faye DeHoff

3-year-old boy hears parents' voices for 1st time

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - A three-year-old boy who was born deaf is hearing for the first time, thanks to a special device.

It's a modern-day miracle, as a little boy hears his father's voice for the first time. His father tells three-year-old Grayson, "Daddy loves you!"

Before this moment, Grayson Clamp had never heard a sound. When he hears his Daddy's voice, he signs, "That's you!"

Grayson was born without the auditory nerves that carry sound from the inner ear to the brain. Initially he was fitted with a cochlear implant, but without nerves, it was ineffective.


That's when doctors at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine gave him an auditory brainstem implant.

The device is typically used in adults whose nerves have been damaged and hadn't yet been approved for use in children. But that changed thanks to an FDA-approved trial. And Grayson became the first child in the country to undergo the procedure.

Doctors still don't know exactly what it's like for Grayson. They don't know exactly what he hears, if he hears everything we hear or some of what we hear. But the doctors are confident that Grayson will eventually hear and speak like any other child.

His parents say he's already made great progress, although they won't soon forget what that first moment was like.

His mother said, "Hi Grayson. Talk to him, daddy."
Grayson's Father then said to him, "Daddy loves you. Daddy loves you." "He can hear!"

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