James Cheung from Derbyshire is part of a pioneering project placing hearing dogs with deaf children. His is one of only 12 placements of its kind in the country.
Now James and his hearing dog Kurt have become the poster couple promoting the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
It takes around £45,000 to train and place a hearing dog. Kurt helps James in all aspects of his life, including getting ready and walking to school.
James and Kurt have already been on show at Crufts in Birmingham, and have also met the Prime Minister who helped celebrate the charity's anniversary.