For those of us that have full hearing, it is hard to think what it would be like to be hearing impaired. It's even harder to imagine what it would be like to be born with this impairment, never even knowing what it would be like to hear a sound at all. However, there are some babies, like Alex, who are born this way.
Alex Denman was born partially deaf. Medical staff quickly ran tests to discover what was wrong and found out that he only had partial hearing. Once they discovered his condition, they fitted Alex with a hearing aid to help him properly hear for the first time.
His mother, Jen, from Liverpool, filmed the moment that her son heard her voice clearly for the first time. They let the Alder Hey Hospital share it on their social media, and from there it went viral.
"It was only meant for family and friends," she said when she appeared on This Morning recently. "It just went crazy". Check out the video below:
On Twitter, the hospital said:
"Baby Alex was born with Bilateral Moderate Sensorineural hearing loss, making him almost deaf. This is the amazing moment he is fitted with his new hearing aids and hears his mummy's voice clearly for the first time."
Jen then appeared on ITV's This Morning, where she talked about the experience. Apparently, her older son wanted to help out as soon as he found out the problem - even going to get his toy screwdriver to fix his little brother's ears.
There is some difficulty dealing with the condition, as they can't leave him alone while he wears his hearing aid at the moment. However, the family are coping well - in fact, all of them, including Alex's brother, are learning sign language to help Alex out as much as possible.