Families with children who have severe or profound hearing loss attended the 4th Annual "Joy of Sound" event at Rady Children's Hospital on Saturday.
The celebration of sound included music by local groups, food and a Snow White-themed play performed by some of Rady's cochlear implant patients.
"We're here celebrating the gift that they've given us which is the gift of sound, speech and language," said Apryl Hodge, a mother of a three-year-old who wears cochlear implants.
Cochlear implants are devices that help people hear without using hearing aids.
The team of at Rady Children's Hospital follows more than 350 families with cochlear implants.
Specialists usually implant the devices by a child's first birthday, but Rady's helps patients in need of cochlear implants from birth to adulthood.