Olympian Vonetta Flowers Deaf Son Hears Cheers after receiving a rare auditory brain-stem transplant in Italy, a surgery that’s not approved in the United States. Flowers gave birth to twins who arrived prematurely. The daughter has normal hearing while the son has bilateral atresia (underdeveloped outer ears).
A cochlear implant doesn’t help people with a damaged cochlea or auditory nerve. So the option of simulating the brainstem with the auditory brain-stem transplant works for some people who fall in this group and Jorden was one of them.