Video: Deaf Boy Hears Father’s Voice for First Time
byJudy DuttonJun 21, 2013
Grayson Clamp was born deaf.
But now, at age 3, he underwent a new surgery that allowed him to hear. The
first words he heard? “Daddy loves you,” father Len Clamp told him,
simultaneously signing the words to make sure his son understood. The boy’s
reaction—one of stunned delight—is so precious the video has since gone viral.
Grayson was born lacking
cochlear nerves, which carry sounds from the inner ear to the brain. To fix
this problem, he received a brainstem implant the University of North Carolina
in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, led by head and neck surgeon Craig Buchman. Grayson
was one of the first children to undergo this new surgery, which is already
used in adults. And so far he is loving the results.
Looking back, Len admits he
pondered for weeks what his son's first heard words should be. “Honestly, when
we got to that moment I still hadn’t decided. I just think it was sort of a
spontaneous parental instinct for me to say ‘Daddy loves you,’” he admits. “I
thought that would be just the most fitting thing to say.”