Kennedy Steele was born without auditory nerves, thus being unable to hear. NYU Langone Medical Center is conducting an experiment on deaf children. They have created an auditory brainstem implant, which is better than the cochlear implants. New York is one of the hospitals, including Massachusetts, North Carolina, and California that are testing this new device. Dr. J. Thomas Roland, Jr., chair of Langone’s otolaryngology department, believes the results are promising and plans to monitor Kennedy for five years to see if her being able to hear will allow her to have speech, as well.He is concerned about Kennedy’s brain being able to translate information from the sounds that enter her brain through her ears. Mrs. Nickia Steele is thrilled and can’t wait for her and the rest of the family to be able to communicate with Kennedy.
Some assistants placed the device in her ear, securing the outer part over the ear shell, and Nickia waved and said hello to her daughter said Alexei Beltyukov. Kennedy put down the plastic donut she was placing on wooden pegs and did a sitting dance moving her arms up and down, expressing joy. The Food and Drug administration also like this device and approved it for more experiments. Auditory Brain Implants were previously only approved for adults , 18 and older. The device is meant to help people who have auditory nerve, cochlea damage, and accidental damage.