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Auditory Brainstem Implants in the News

Quick bonus post this morning:  Auditory Brainstem Implants (ABI) made their way through mainstream news yesterday with the story of 3 year old Grayson Clamp who recently received an ABI in my old ‘hood at UNC Chapel Hill. Check out the CNN Story and here’s a youtube video:

If you recall from my earlier post on ABIs, the brainstem implant is a more invasive procedure then Cochlear Implants (CI), reserved for patients in which the auditory nerve is damaged and the CI is ineffective. What’s particularly newsworthy is that ABIs have historically only been done on adults – Grayson is the first child in the US to receive one.

What’s amazing to me is I just last week talked about a new study for children, and then BAM we already have a positive story. Amazing how fast things move.

Our hope is that the Fiona is eligible for the CI and will not need an ABI. The odds are in her favor, but we won’t know for sure in some time. We do have an MRI scheduled for July 15th, so hope to know more at that time.

Many thanks to everyone who sent me the link to this story, I hadn’t heard of it until you reached out to me.