Triangle boy receives trial implant, hears for first time

Grayson Clamp, who was born with Charge Syndrome, recently became the first child to receive an auditory brain stem implant as part of a Food and Drug Administration trial.

Triangle boy receives trial implant, hears for first time
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Grayson Clamp, AUD Brain Stem Implant recipient, with father, Len Clamp

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Cochlear implants have helped many children learn to listen and speak normally, but they aren't the answer for children born without a cochlear nerve.

Using a new type of hearing implant for children that is placed directly on the brain stem, doctors at UNC Hospitals have new ways to help children born into a silent world.

Grayson Clamp, who was born with Charge Syndrome, recently became the first child to receive an auditory brain stem implant as part of a Food and Drug Administration trial.

Craig Buchman, an otolaryngologist at UNC, said Clamp's condition is genetic.

"It results in a number of different problems, one of which is hearing loss," Buchman said.

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