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By Allie Care

After 15 years of silence due to hearing loss and loss of speech recognition, a break-through procedure has changed this 30-year-old mom’s life forever: she will finally hear what her youngest son’s voice sounds like.

At first, Dawn is nervous and scared. She has never heard him speak before, and worries that his real voice will not match the voice she has of him in her head.

But after her surgery, when Asher walks into the room behind her and says, “Mom! Could you hear me?”, Dawn’s face lights up, and the two embrace in a tearful hug.

“Now she can finally hear me,” says the 8-year-old. “I’m not silent anymore.”