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Deaf toddler hears father's voice for first time


CHARLOTTE, NC (WKOW) -- Think about the sounds you hear every day. The layers of noise outside; from busses to truck to people. Now a 3-year-old from North Carolina gets to hear those things too.

Until three weeks ago, Grayson Clamp had no idea what a bird sounded like. Recently, Grayson had a device attached to his head that allows him to hear. It's a thrill for his parents, Nicole and Len Clamp, to witness.

"He likes sound," Nicole said. "He enjoys the stimulus, the input. He's curious and he definitely enjoys it."

Grayson's device was installed at University of North Carolina Hospitals using a microchip on his brain to compute the sound.

There's still some fine-tuning, but doctors think Grayson's experience will help them improve the technology and the lives of a lot more children.

"We don't know exactly what he hears," Nicole said. "If he hears everything we hear, or some of what we hear. His brain is still trying to organize itself to use sound."

When Nicole and Len decided to become foster parents they knew they wanted to help medically fragile children, but they never would have dreamed of how much Grayson would help them.

"We got Grayson and took him home from the hospital and he belonged," said Len. "He was ours from day one."

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