ROUND ROCK, TEXAS (KXAN) - This week a 1-year-old baby in Round Rock is hearing sound for the first time. Elise Bradshaw has CHARGE syndrome, which in her case left her profoundly deaf due to missing auditory nerves in the cochlea.
In March, baby Elise was implanted with an auditory brainstem implant at a Boston hospital. She was the first infant in the United States under the age of 1 to have the procedure. One week before Elise’s first birthday, the family traveled back to Boston to activate the device. The activation went according to plan, and Elise heard sound for the first time in her life.
Her father, Jason Bradshaw, said, “She did amazing that first day of activation, and then the subsequent day in the hearing booth. When she was responding to the various frequency ranges in the speech spectrum, I was just truly amazed. We had data that said, hey she’s actually hearing these different frequency ranges and responding to each one. So, we know her brain is getting the information.”
According to the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation webpage, CHARGE syndrome is a recognizable (genetic) pattern of birth defects which occurs in about one in every 9-10,000 births worldwide. It is an extremely complex syndrome, involving extensive medical and physical difficulties that differ from child to child.