The mum of a Derbyshire boy is promoting Deaf Awareness Week says taking part in a pioneering project which placing hearing dogs with deaf children has been really positive.
James Cheung's dog, Kurt, is one of only 12 placements of its kind in the country.
James' mum says: "He's made more friends through having the dog.
Some people are hesitant about approaching deaf people, even more so with deaf children because of the fear that they might not be understood.
"But the dog gives them a way in. They can talk about the dog, so it's brought a lot of positive things for James and broken down a lot of barriers."
The National Deaf Children's Society says that more than three quarters of young people cannot communicate with someone with hearing loss.
James Cheung is helping to promote a new campaign marking Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's 30th anniversary.