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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

FDA Approves Research of Implant to Cure Deafness

By January 28, 2013

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The FDA has approved research this month on a new implant that could cure deafness in children. The research is being conducted as a joint effort by House Research Institute and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The Auditory Brain Stem Implant (ABI) is a prosthetic hearing device that bypasses the inner ear and auditory nerve and directly stimulates the brain. The device could potentially cure deafness in children who are born without a cochlea or auditory nerve. Research outside of the U.S. has already shown positive results with use of the ABI. The device is used in pediatric patients in Italy but children from the U.S. must travel outside of the country if they wish to benefit. The goal is to approve the device for use here in America and make it more accessible for children who are born here.

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