An adorable video has been released by University of North Carolina Health Center documenting the moment a 3-year-old boy hears his father’s voice for the first time.
Grayson Clamp, 3, was born deaf but recently received an experimental cochlear implant from the university hospital. The implant is a microchip placed at the base of his brain and is connected to small devices on the outside of his head that simulate hearing. The technology is still in its experimental stage, but seems to be working well in the video below.
In the video, Grayson hears his dad’s voice for the first time and Grayson looks up with a look of adorable shock on his face.
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Grayson’s parents, Len and Nicole, adopted Grayson as a baby. Since then, they have hoped for the day when Grayson would be able to hear their voices.
He is the first child to receive the implant, which is currently undergoing a FDA investigational device trial.
"I've never seen a look like that today," Len Clamp told WRAL after the hearing test with UNC clinicians. “He looked deep into my eyes and he was hearing my voice for the first time. It was phenomenal to see him take that sound in and try to figure out 'What in the world is this, I've never had this sensation before.'"
Len and Nicole still aren’t quite sure what Grayson is exactly hearing, but they say he is enjoying the sensation, at least, of hearing the sounds of the world.
"He likes sound. He enjoys the stimulus, the input," Nicole told WBTV. "He definitely enjoys it."