If you were born deaf, how would you react if you could suddenly hear for the first time? For 3-year-old Grayson Clamp, his reaction was as amazing as it was heartwarming.
Grayson was born completely deaf. He’s missing the cochlear nerves, which sort of act as a bridge between sounds and our brain. His parents, Len and Nicole Clamp, wanted to help Grayson hear for the first time. After trying cochlear implants with no success, they turned to an experimental research trial for children at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
As of three weeks ago, Grayson is the first child in the United States to have received what is called an “auditory brain stem implant.”
It’s a microchip implanted in his brain that helps him process and recognize sound.
“We don’t know exactly what it’s like for him,” said Nicole. “We don’t know exactly what he hears. His brain is still trying organize itself to use sound.”
Grayson’s parents are now trying to teach him how to process sound the way we all do.
After the device was installed, Grayson heard his father’s voice for the first time. His face can’t be described. You have to see it for yourself, and you can in the video below.
“It’s been phenomenal for us,” said Len.
Grayson was a foster baby, and Len and Nicole adopted him as soon as they could. The parents believe that God has called them to help children with medical issues.
Watch little Grayson Clamp’s eyes light up when he hears sound for the first time in the video below: