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Toddler first to receive digital hearing aid

25th March 2011

A two-year-old girl from Middlesbrough has become the first person in the country to have a pioneering digital hearing aid fitted.

Megan McCourt is among just a handful of people in the world to have the advanced inner ear implants, which work by directly stimulating the auditory nerve as it converts mechanical sound signals to electronic impulses. Born profoundly deaf, Megan was recommended for cochlear implants in both ears by her consultant Dr Anirvan Banerjee, ear, nose and throat consultant at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

 

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