Toddler Hears for the First Time with Brainstem Implant

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Toddler Hears for the First Time with Brainstem Implant

Fri, 03/07/2014

Toddler Hears for the First Time with Brainstem Implant
This is not the usual story about an implant.

At a hospital in Boston, sound registered in Alex Frederick's brain for the first time.

Alex, just 17 months old at the time, is deaf, but a device, not yet approved in the United States for children, is helping to change that. It was implanted directly into his brain.

Alex was born two months prematurely, weighing just four pounds and four ounces at birth. He spent the first month of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit of St. John Hospital in Detroit. His early arrival brought him into the world facing a host of challenges. Scans would show that Alex had a heart condition, while his vision appeared to be compromised. And then there was the matter of his hearing. Alex failed the hearing test given to all newborns. Then he failed a second hearing test two months later.

Read the compelling story and watch the captioned video here.