By Luke Kenton
This is the adorable moment a previously deaf baby hears the sound of his mother’s voice for the first time.
Born with congenital Cytomegalovirus, 10-month-old Dawson Shull, from Roxboro, North Carolina, USA, has lived most of his life in relative silence.
Born in May 2016, the tiny tot suffered severe loss of hearing in his right ear and profound loss in the left, meaning so far, he could hear little more than nonsensical sounds in the environment that surrounds him.
Little Dawson smiles as he sits watching Minnie Mouse and hearing the voices around him for the first time, but it all gets too much as he hears mum Jessica’s voice calling his name causing the toddler to burst into tears.
Jessica said: “This is such a huge step-forward for Dawson.
“We’re so excited for what the future holds for him, after several months of speech therapy we hope he will catch up with his peers.
“Before the implants, we thought Dawson would never talk and now his future looks entirely different.
“After the initial switch on he cried for about five minutes, but it hasn’t bothered him since then.
“He now plays on his xylophone and piano for hours intrigued by the sound.”
Dawson was born with Cytomegalovirus, an infection contracted in the prenatal period, which caused loss of hearing in both of his ears.
However, in February of this year, Dawson was fitted with Cochlear implants, an electronic device which replaces the function of the damaged inner ear.