New implant helps boy hear for first time – CNN

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 – The surprise on 3-year-old Grayson Clamp's face in the video is priceless. His mouth opens wide as he points to the person in front of him speaking.

It was the first time Grayson had heard sound. He was born without a cochlear nerve, which connects the brain stem to audio waves in the outside world. His parents had him fitted for a cochlear implant at a young age, but the device didn't help.

Last month, Grayson became the first child in the United States to receive an auditory brain stem implant.


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    • In reply to #2 by crookedshoes:

      His expression was worth more than all the prayers ever served in his cause. Science marches forward and benefits humanity!!!

      I see there is potential for more of the same in wider fields, after this work:-

      Researchers have created the first high-resolution 3D digital model of the human brain, which they have called “Big Brain”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22977225

      The reconstruction shows the brain’s anatomy in microscopic detail, enabling researchers to see features smaller than a strand of hair.

      It will be made freely available to neuroscientists to help them in their research.

      The model has been published in the journal Science.

      The research team had to slice 7,400 sections from the brain of a deceased 65-year-old woman, each half the thickness of a human hair.

      The team then had to stain each slice to bring out the anatomical detail and scan them into the computer in high definition.

      The final step was to reassemble the scanned slices inside the computer.

      We will be able to study the individual layers of the brain’s cortex to the very cells themselves” – Prof Paul Fletcher Cambridge University.

      In all, 80 billion neurons have been captured in this painstaking process which took 10 years to complete.

      The result is a 3D high definition digital brain into which researchers can zoom to study areas of interest in microscopic detail.

      NearlyNakedApe @7

      Exactly. Because we already know what’s on THAT list. Maybe someday someone will invent the bullshit search & destroy implant for people plagued by irrational beliefs. Particularly those for whom verbally delivered logic and reason seems to have no effect whatsoever.

      The Big-Brain project might help with that!

  1. I just had a cochlear implant fitted two weeks ago. An incredible feeling to be able to music again and my daughter for the first time. This is great news for young Grayson, it really will transform his life. Science is just so awesome in so many ways.

    • In reply to #6 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      Bravo, another victory for science! Science does it again.Now let’s just see what’s on religions list.On second thoughts,let’s not.

      Exactly. Because we already know what’s on THAT list. Maybe someday someone will invent the bullshit search & destroy implant for people plagued by irrational beliefs. Particularly those for whom verbally delivered logic and reason seems to have no effect whatsoever.

      BTW, the look on that little boy’s face was both touching and funny. Poetry in motion. The reality of science is so much more beautiful than any of that tawdry, creepy, tribal, barbaric religious fiction.

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