Maggie Gleason heard sound for the first time in her life when hearing specialists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center in Cleveland turned on an innovative electronic device called an auditory brainstem implant (ABI), USA Today reports.
Maggie was born without cochleas, and she had no auditory nerve. Maggie had to wait for a technology like ABI to advance to a stage where it could help her. ABI bypasses the ear and stimulates the brain stem.
According to one of her surgeons, Maroun Semaan, MD, of UH Case Medical Center, 14-year-old Maggie may be the first teen with this device for absent cochleas.
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