Surgical team brings hearing to 3-year-old Charlotte boy

Surgeons at UNC Health Care recently performed the first-ever auditory brain stem implant done in a child. Three-year-old Grayson Clamp from Charlotte, N.C., was born with no cochlear nerves and as a result could not hear.

Surgical team brings hearing to 3-year-old Charlotte boy click to enlarge Three-year-old Grayson Clamp from Charlotte, N.C.
Surgical team brings hearing to 3-year-old Charlotte boy click to enlarge Three-year-old Grayson Clamp from Charlotte, N.C., his family, and Craig Buchman, MD, Professor Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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.

The device was originally used for patients with deafness due to auditory nerve tumors, which impact hearing, but is now being considered to help restore hearing in children.

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