Gerid Adams lost his hearing as a child, but thanks to modern technology, he can hear again.

Adams lost most of his hearing as a two-year-old, and was able to hear a little thanks to hearing aids, but his decision to have a cochlear implant enabled him to get all of his hearing back.

Adams, who happens to be President of the local Hearing Loss Association of America told our media partner FOX 17 News he wish he would have had the surgery years ago.

“People on average wait 7 to 10 years too long before they get help. The longer you wait your brain starts to lose the ability to turn sound into words. Reach out, you are not alone in all this,' Adams said.

One of the first words Adams heard was his son telling him he loved him.