Ferris is portrayed by a hearing child following auditions with both hearing and deaf/hard-of-hearing actors. A number of criteria were carefully considered in casting, including Covid-19 restrictions, child license requirements, availability for shoot dates and consent to miss school. Ferris represents a child who has developed hearing loss following a childhood illness. He was eligible for and received a cochlear implant. In the UK, most children receive bilateral implants, however, in Ferris’s case, he was one of the few children for whom this wasn’t practical.
In the TV ad we show a therapist scene in which Ferris and his mother work alongside an audiologist. Since having his cochlear implant activated Ferris, like many children, has benefitted from working with a specialist audiology consultant. In the TV ad we show a therapist scene in which Ferris and his mother work alongside an audiologist, it captures a breakthrough moment in a long therapy programme where mother and child celebrate the wonderful progress that can be made.
The journey for children, and adults, receiving cochlear implants varies according to individual situations and unfortunately, we are unable to show the full nature of these amazing therapy sessions within the time constraints of our TV ad. Instead we have tried demonstrate the outcome and show that over several months and years children can develop the speech and language skills that support them in living their day to day lives."