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Deaf Boy Hears Dad’s Voice for First Time Following Brain Stem Implant

Deaf since birth, three-year-old Grayson Clamp was born missing his cochlear nerves. Recently, however, Grayson became the first child from the U.S. to receive an experimental auditory brain stem implant. This video shows his reaction upon hearing his dad's voice for the first time.

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The cochlear nerves are the bundles of axons responsible for carrying auditory signals from his inner ear to his brain. Grayson's implantation procedure was originally developed for adults with auditory nerve tumors, but researchers think it could be especially effective in children, whose brain plasticity could afford them enormous potential to interpret sound, organize it, and use it to make sense of the world.

When you're finished weeping the happiest tears of your life, you can read more about the procedure at UNC Health Care and CBS News.

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"Doctors are confident Grayson will eventually hear and speak like any other child."

They should have said "like any other hearing child," although what they meant was "like any other normal child."

The boy could have grown up a capable young man, lived a normal and happy life, and never have heard a sound. But because society sees being Deaf as a disability, his parents had numerous surgeries done to make him "normal."

Sorry, it's a sore subject for me. It took me a long time to understand it, but once I did, I can't help but look at stories like this and shake my head.