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Implant helps three-year-old hear father’s voice for the first time

Grayson Clamp's astonished face says more than any of the words he can now hear.
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Chiara O. Scuri, June 23, 2013 5:46:55 AM

Hearing your father’s voice for the first time isn’t something we tend to remember. Most of us are far too young to remember. But for those of us lucky enough to have a wonderful dad in our life, his voice remains one of the most comforting sounds in our world.

Grayson Clamp will always remember the first time he heard his dad’s voice, and not just because it was captured on video.

As CNN notes, the three-year-old was born without a cochlear nerve, rendering him deaf, and although his foster parents fitted him with a cochlear implant early on, the device didn’t take.

That was before the FDA offered auditory brain stem implant trials for children.

Grayson’s folks signed him up for the procedure, hoping for the best. What they received back was priceless.

The little boy’s face as his father’s voice filters through his ears for the first time shows his absolute astonishment and awe. Though it was Grayson who experienced this life-defining moment, it’s difficult to watch his reaction without being moved.

“It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,” Grayson’s father told the news network. “(There are) no words to describe how excited we were, how validated we were, for all of the challenges. … He’s got a long way to go, but he’s going to get there.”

Now that his world has grown, Grayson is busy discovering music and all sorts of other adventures that are new to him. But it’s doubtful any of those sounds will have as big an impact as the first words he ever managed to hear from his father’s lips.


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