March 2019 Fox 28

Here's a story to make you smile: the success of Cochlear Implants in children. Jaime Banks' son Dylan who is 18-months-old, had the implants just last November. "It's amazing," she said.

Dylan was born profoundly deaf. But with the implants, he's now able to hear and slowly he's learning to talk.

Dylan Banks

 Dylan"I can tell a difference. He does recognise my name, " said Banks. She said she had no idea that cochlear implants existed, but doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital performed the surgery. Doctor Oliver Adunka says the implants make the hugest impact when they are placed in young children. He says they hope to get children at 12 months old. Banks has been pleased with her son's progress. "Before for example when he was going to school he wasn't really engaging with anyone. Not even with his friends. He kinda stayed with the teacher. Maybe he felt safe. But now that he can hear he actually wants to play with other children, and they share toys, " Banks said.

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