Three-Year-Old Grayson Hears His Fa­ther’s Voice for the First

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Grayson Clamp, a 3-year-old from Char­lotte, North Carolina re­ceived the first-ever au­di­tory brain­stem im­plant in a child in the U.S. dur­ing a surgery done this spring at UNC Hos­pi­tals. “I’ve never seen a look like that to­day,” said Grayson’s fa­ther, Len Clamp, of the day the im­plant was turned on for the first time. “I mean, he looked deep into my eyes. He was hear­ing my voice for the first time. It was phe­nom­e­nal.” The surgery, per­formed by Craig Buch­man, MD, Pro­fes­sor Oto­laryn­gol­ogy/Head and Neck Surgery, and Matthew Ewend, MD, Chair, Depart­ment of Neu­ro­surgery, is the first of its kind per­formed in the United States as part of an FDA clin­i­cal trial. “See­ing him re­spond, that had a lot of feel­ings for me,” said Dr. Buch­man. “I felt like there was a po­ten­tial that we were ef­fec­tively chang­ing the world in some ways.” The de­vice Grayson re­ceived was orig­i­nally used for pa­tients with deaf­ness due to au­di­tory nerve tu­mors, which im­pact hear­ing. The de­vice is now be­ing con­sid­ered to help re­store hear­ing in chil­dren.

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