Surgery helps girl hear for the first time2015.03.11
THREE-YEAR-OLD Angelica Lopez is just like just any other girl in the United States (美國), except that she was born deaf because she does not have auditory nerves. Thanks to technological advances, she can hear now!
Angelica is one of a very small number of US children who are testing a new technology called an auditory brainstem implant (ABI, 聽覺腦幹植入). By having brain surgery, she was implanted with a device that bypasses the missing nerves in her inner ears. Sounds can now go directly to her brain so that she can hear them.
In the past, deaf children and adults often had cochlear implants. Those devices have helped many deaf children to hear, but they do not work for kids who do not have any hearing nerves.
When Angelica first heard sounds after the operation, she cried because she was not used to the sounds and therefore felt scared. But she is now happy to hear at least some sounds.