Jim and Becky's son Louie was diagnosed with a high-frequency moderate sensorineural hearing loss at his newborn hearing screening; he was born prematurely at 34 weeks. He attended Auditory Verbal UK from six months of age and went from strength to strength with each session he attended. He is now thriving at mainstream school.

Becky said: "AVUK showed me that having a hearing impaired child did not mean he should be held back in any way. They provided me, as Louie's mother, with strength and positivity and I can honestly say that I do not know what we would have done without AVUK."

The Shearer's are based East Staffordshire. If you would like to speak with Jim and Becky about their experience, please email [email protected]