Judging by how well he can hold a conversation, you wouldn’t think Vanessa Webb's 10-year-old son Rohan was born deaf.
He was just 16 months old when he received a life-changing cochlear implant, but for his mother, it could have been yesterday.
“I remember he stopped and held his breath,” she said.
“Even now it gives me goose bumps because it really is miraculous technology. Rohan’s now capable of holding conversations with the wider community and that wouldn’t have been possible without the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre.”
They spent the next two years in and out of the Telethon centre, making new friends and learning how to use the implant.
Mrs Webb held a Loud Shirt Day at Hammond Park last Friday which raised $250 for the centre that changed her son’s life.