Four-month-old baby gets hearing back

26th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

The four-month-old baby is believed to be the world’s youngest patient to receive hearing implants.

Amsterdam – The Free University Medical Centre in Amsterdam has successfully placed hearing implants in a four-month-old baby boy, enabling him to hear again.

The operation, which is believed to be the first in the world, will allow the baby who lost his hearing after suffering meningitis to perceive sounds, such as speech, music and noises.

The cochlear implants, which must be connected to a hearing aid, convert incoming sound into electrical pulses which stimulate the aural nerve in the cochlea.

So far, implants had only been given to children over one year of age.

However, as meningitis was threatening to create scar tissue in the baby boy’s inner ear and render a later operation impossible, the hospital has little choice but to carry out the surgery now.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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