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Boy breaks sound barrier

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“Daddy loves you” are the first words heard by Grayson Clamp, 3. | Photo courtesy of WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting Company.

A 3-year-old born deaf has broken into the world of sound, North Carolina media reported last month.

His father’s voice saying, “Daddy loves you” — and the boy’s astonishment — went viral this week.
Grayson Clamp became one of the first children to receive an auditory brainstem implant … a device that has been used by adults but which is only now being tested in little ones at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Grayson lacks a cochlear nerve, so cochlear implants would be of no use. “We bypassed the area where there is no cochlear nerve, and we applied the electrodes directly to the brain stem,” Craig Buchman, the UNC doctor who performed the surgery, told WRAL.

It’s been a month since Grayson heard his Daddy’s voice for the first time, and so far, so good.

“He likes sound,” said his mother, Nicole Clamp. “He enjoys the stimulus, the input. He’s curious and he definitely enjoys it.”

Len Clamp, his dad, agreed: “He claps his hands, he bobs his head. At his daycare, they have a stereo, and he loves to run over and turn it on.”

Watch Grayson here.

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