For this bionic boy, it has been for the first time in his life that he has heard something. Ireland’s Calum Geary (3) could not hear when he was born. The nerves, which connect the ears to hearing portion in the brain, were missing in the boy. However, thanks to the advancements of technology, the boy can now hear.
A bionic hearing device, which is actually a computer chip, has been implanted in the boy’s brain last February at Manchester University Hospital (MUH). The chip has been explained to be an efficient device, which is capable of mimicking the sound waves generated by the ears, which can be easily be then processed by the brain to produce sound messages.
The device was proposed to have been completely analyzed in May. Initially during the first two months, the boy was unable to show significant progress. However, it was recently that the little boy showed symptoms of hearing at one of the major speech therapy clinic.
Calum also has a non-identical twin brother Donnacha. However, his brother has been reported to have not been affected by the same condition.
“The course went beyond all of our expectations, from a status of a pre-lingual child with no definite signs of hearing, to a much more confident child”, his father, Andrew said.