Teen Girl Hears Father’s Voice For First Time After Receiving Brainstem Implant

Maggie Gleason, 14, was born without cochleas, the snail-shaped organs located in the inner ear that works to translate sound into nerve impulses to be sent to the brain. Without them, Gleason was profoundly deaf.

Though she wasn’t a candidate for cochlear implants — a small device that helps provide a sense of sound — she was a candidate for an auditory brainstem implant.

Link: http://www.medicaldaily.com/pulse/teen-girl-hears-fathers-voice-first-time-after-receiving-brainstem-implant-321298