Family ecstatic as deaf twin Calum Geary hears for first time in US clinic


IRELAND’S ‘bionic boy’, Calum Geary (3), has heard sounds for the first time in his life thanks to a revolutionary computer chip implanted into his brain.

Calum – who was born without the nerves connecting his ears to the hearing part of his brain – had the ‘bionic’ hearing device implanted at Manchester University Hospital (MUH) last February.

The system was fully tested in May – but, over the past fortnight, for the first time little Calum has shown definite signs of hearing at a top US speech therapy clinic.

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IOC: Noise level at Katie Taylor fight was highest recorded at London 2012 so far


The decibel level during Katie Taylor’s fight with Natasha Jonas this afternoon hit 113.7 – the highest recorded at London 2012 so far.

An International Olympic Committee official said the noise surpassed the sound recorded during GB’s win in the cycling finals at the Velodrome last week.

The noise of a jet engine is around 140 decibels.

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