New study shows brainstem implants can help deaf children hear

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CALIFORNIA – Research presented during a conference at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) on Friday, Feb. 13, has revealed an ability to use brainstem implants to help deaf children hear.  The multi-institutional team of hearing and communication experts was launched in March 2014 as a clinical trial backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for children born without a hearing nerve.

According to Science Daily, the three year study has enrolled five of 10 participants and successfully implanted an auditory brainstem (ABI) device in four children who previously could not hear, so far.

In the video below, the Associated Press covers 3-year-old Angelica Lopez, unable to use the older technology of cochlear implants, who is now able to detect sounds and speak with an ABI.

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