A small number of U.S. children are testing what's called an auditory brainstem implant, or ABI, the Huffington Post reports. While cochlear implants have brought hearing to many deaf children, they don't work for kids who lack auditory nerves.
But it takes some getting used to. After the device is implanted and turned on, the child "isn't going to be hearing like a 3-year-old. She'll be hearing like a newborn," says audiologist Laurie Eisenberg of the University of Southern California. She described the research last week at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Three-year-old Angelica Lopez cried when the device was first turned on, startled by the unfamiliar sensation.
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