Deaf man hears for the first time since childhood

Ear implant allows man to hear for first time since childhood

BALTIMORE, MD (WBAL/NBC News) - Cochlear implants are helping a Baltimore, Maryland man hear for the first time since his childhood.

34-year-old David Alianiello was born with congenital hearing loss, and eventually lost all sense of hearing by the age of five. After all these years, he decided to give the cochlear implant a chance and see how it might change his life.

With practice, doctors say Alianiello will gain hearing awareness, while learning words and understanding speech. The practice involves teaching his brain how to work with the new technology.

He says he’s most looking forward to hearing crying sounds from his new baby that is on the way.

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