Deaf toddler has second brainstem device surgery to help him hear

A deaf toddler who underwent surgery to have a radical auditory device implanted into his brainstem to help him hear is showing vast improvement after undergoing the surgery a second time, his doctors said, giving new hope that the device could one day be a common treatment option for deaf children. Daniel Lee, associate professor of otology from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and a team of specialists from Massachusetts General Hospital, implanted a device called an Auditory Brainstem Implant, or ABI, into Alex’s brain last year.

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