"I don't remember the last time I said something, and he actually responded. He was so excited, and started jumping around," his mom said.
He's a natural!
Two-year-old Kaiden Orantes from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, celebrated with the happiest of happy dances after hearing his mom's voice with the help of a hearing aid.
Caitlin Orantes, Kaiden's mom, told InsideEdition.com that the toddler's hearing was perfectly fine, but something changed on his second birthday.
"When we realized he wasn't responding to his name or anything like that, I got his hearing tested," Orantes, 21, said. "The doctors haven't been able to give me an exact diagnosis. They don't know how it was caused."
Doctors have since determined the boy had progressive hearing loss, meaning that Kaiden's hearing will get worse with time. His mom explained that Kaiden now has no hearing in his right ear, and very little hearing in his left ear.
Last month, Kaiden was fitted for his first hearing aid, though the doctors told Orantes that the 2-year-old's hearing may have gotten so poor that the device will not help.
But, judging by Kaiden's happy dance in the video his mom captured when they turned the device on, it was clear that something else had switched on in the boy's hearing.
"I don't remember the last time I said something, and he actually responded," Orantes told InsideEdition.com. "I don't even think he realized what he was doing — he was so excited and started jumping around."
She said the hearing aid will only restore part of his hearing, but even so, Kaiden has begun adding music to his dance.
"Right now, he's really into music. He has this drumset that he plays very well," Orantes said, "and he's just all about singing. He balls his hand to his fist, and he puts it to his mouth."
She added that her son's ability to enjoy music has been especially significant, since she used to be a singer herself: "Music is definitely something theraputic for both of us."
Orantes said she hopes the next step to restoring her son's hearing is to outfit him with a cochlear implant before the end of the year.
But, for now, her support in her son's journey to hearing is described by a recent tattoo she had done on her leg — the word for for "I really love you" in sign language.