Sixteen deaf Palestinian children were able to hear for the first time after undergoing a procedure at an Israeli hospital to repair their hearing, the Ynet news site reports.
The operations, known as cochlear implant surgery, were performed by doctors at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem over the course of the past year, with the most recent surgeries taking place last month.
A cochlear implant is a small electronic implant that stimulates the auditory senses, with an external microphone then transferring the sounds to the internal part of the device and allowing the patient to hear, according to John Hopkins Hospital.
Although the device itself does not completely restore hearing, patients who undergo the operation are eventually able to recover their ability to discern sounds with the help of continued therapy.
The surgeries were carried out as part of a program by the Peres Peace Center, founded by the late president Shimon Peres, for Palestinian children from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
— Times of Israel staff