Until recently, auditory brainstem implants have been restricted to patients with tumors on their auditory nerves.
Shortly after giving birth to her first child, Julie Lopez found out her daughter was deaf. Angelica failed her newborn hearing screen. Lopez and her family, who live in Big Spring, Texas, drove five hours to Dallas for a second evaluation, and the test result was the same. “We were devastated,” says Lopez. “We did not expect it.”