An auditory brainstem implant provides a sensation of hearing to some people who are deaf due to auditory nerve damage. An auditory brainstem implant is most commonly offered to adults diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2. This rare genetic condition causes tumors to grow on nerves. When the auditory nerves are involved, your hearing can be destroyed. Sensors in the auditory brainstem implant bypass the damaged auditory nerves and connect directly to the brainstem to help you detect sounds.

Feb. 27, 2013