After nearly four decades of struggling to hear, one area man is struggling no more thanks to a new implant device. 

Dale Carlson was deaf in his left ear, which made sports and day-to-day activities a challenge. But with the help of the team at Saint Luke's Midwest Ear Institute and the Otologic Center, Dale is able to hear sounds on both sides with the BONEBRIDGE implant. 

KMBC talked to Dr. Robert Cullen about the first procedure to implant the device in the Kansas City area and the state of Kansas and how the new technology works.

"What we're trying to do is take any sound that is coming in on the bad side and send it over to the good side," said Cullen.

Watch the full story below.

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