Cochlear Implants Give Child Gift Of Hearing — KCBS 2 Los Angeles

Now, with two cochlear implants or Bionic Ears from Advanced Bionics, Tyler can hear other children, his sister and when his parents call his name.

Thanks to two cochlear implants or Bionic Ears from Advanced Bionics, Tyler, 3, who was born profoundly deaf, can hear other children, his sister and when his parents call his name.

Tyler, whose world was silent, until 10 months ago.

Tyler's world was silent until 10 months ago.

By Lisa Sigell
KCBS 2 Los Angeles

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Tyler de Lara seems like a typical three-year-old, extremely outgoing and playful.

But this is a change for Tyler, whose world was silent, until 10 months ago – not able to hear.

His parents say he was so quiet, he wouldn’t play with other kids and kept to himself.

“It was overwhelming, it was depressing at the same time,” Tyler’s dad said.

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Cochlear implants open deaf kids' ears to the world — Los Angeles Times

The technology is ‘close to a miracle,’ a psychologist says. Can it work for little Tyler de Lara?

By Shari Roan
Los Angeles Times

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Audio slide show: A miracle of sound

Tyler de Lara, 2, thrashes on a gurney, tangled in his sheet, hospital gown and IV tubing. A white bandage encircles his head and, loosened by his squirming, slips down and covers his eyes.

All that shows is a tuft of black hair and his mouth, set in an angry pout.

Dr. Akira Ishiyama notes Tyler’s grimace and says he’s pleased. It means there is no facial nerve damage.

Tyler was diagnosed as deaf six months earlier. Now, on an autumn morning at UCLA’s outpatient surgery center — after several misdiagnoses, battles with insurance companies and much worry and waiting — he is drifting from a cloud of anesthesia with two cochlear implants nestled in his skull.

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