To cleanse the palate, your feelgood video of the day. This isn’t the first video I’ve seen of someone deaf getting to hear for the first time with help from technology, but it’s the first one I’ve seen that features a child. Meet Grayson Clamp, born without cochlear nerves and therefore without a route for sound to get from his ears to his brain. His mom and dad adopted him in 2010 and made him available for an FDA trial that creates artificial cochlear nerves by sending electronic signals to the brain stem. The doctors were eager to try this on a young child because a patient whose brain is still developing might more easily assimilate a form of sensory stimulus that’s been unknown to him until now. That’s something that never occurred to me with the earlier video in which a 29-year-old woman hears for the first time: The experience is revelatory, but it must also be terrifying to an adult who’s never known sound until that moment. Hopefully little Grayson’s young enough that he’ll have no memory of a silent world before long.
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