A child born completely deaf is getting a chance to hear the sound of a bird singing for the very first time. All thanks to a device that looks like a sweat band.
Until three weeks ago, Grayson Clamp had no idea how what that bird sounded like. It’s a thrill for his parents Nicole and Len clamp to witness.
“He likes sound. He enjoys the stimulus the input. He’s curious. He definitely enjoys it,” said Nicole.
But his device needs fine tuning. Grayson’s speech is delayed. There is still work to do.
“We don’t know exactly what it’s like. We don’t know exactly what he hears. If he hears everything we hear, some of what we hear. His brain is still trying organize itself to use sound,” said Nicole.
Grayson’s device uses a microchip on his brain to compute the sound. The installation was a groundbreaking procedure at UNC Hospitals.
Here he is listening to his dad for the very first time. He believes Grayson’s story will help a lot more children, and help doctors improve upon the technology.
It’s a journey that he believes started well before this little boy was born.
He and nicole decided to be foster parents. They wanted to help medically fragile children.
“We got grayson. took him home from the hospital and he belonged. He was ours from day one,” said Len.
He changed their lives and they are changing his, giving him the gift of sound.
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