Recently, patients with the condition microtia could either wear a bone- conduction hearing aid attached to a headband or have surgery to implant a screw or magnet into the skull to attach a hearing aid.
Now a newly f-d-a approved adhesive device is changing that.
Martie salt has more on one girl's journey.
Twelve-year-old story jackson was born with microtia (my- crow-sha): her right external ear never developed, resulting in the inability to hear from that ear.
It wasn't a problem until middle school.
"she kind of would feel left out, like if she's sitting on this side of the table and her friends are over here talking about something and everyone else is loud she was always like having to turn her head like what?"
(:13) story also realized it might someday affect her dream job.
"one of the things i want to be when i'm older is an orthopedic surgeon.
I would have to hear my surroundings and know what's going on, for the sake of my patient."
(:12) so when the jackson family heard that the adhear became f-d-a approved in 2018, story became one of the first 25 people in the country to receive the stick-on device.
"it works by capturing the sounds through the microphone that's on the side that it's being worn and it sends those sounds basically through little vibrations through the bones in the skull to a hearing organ itself."
(:13) ("alright you feel the button there?
Push it for me.") (:05) "when it turned on, i was like i can't believe i can actually have this."
(:05) "when we got home she was like tapping her feet on the floor like listen to that because everything sounds different."
(:06) at her two-week checkup, story was hearing clearer than ever.
I'm martie salt reporting.