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Deaf man hears daughter’s voice for first time during choir show

A father heard his 14-year-old daughter’s voice for the first time at her choir show thanks to an advance hearing aid.
St. Louis (WSYR-TV/ABC News) - A father heard his 14-year-old daughter’s voice for the first time at her choir show thanks to an advance hearing aid.

Ken Stehle - who has been deaf since birth - was able to hear his daughter Ashley sing as a soloist during a Christmas concert at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School in St. Louis, Mo. thanks to an advanced level of power hearing aid technology.

ABC News reports that Ashley was wearing a microphone and her father was wearing a remote mic bundle to receive her audio.

“He just closed his eyes and he had the biggest grin you ever seen in your whole life,” Brenda Stehle, Ashley’s grandmother told ABC News. “After Ashley finished her song, she busted out in tears and so did her dad.”



The 49-year-old father was able to hear his daughter’s voice because of a Phonak Naida Q70 hearing aid he received the Friday before her choir show on Dec. 8.

“It’s the first time cochlear implant recipients have been able to take advantage of true Bluetooth technology without any conversion factor and is a much more convenient way to connect assistive listening devices,” Rene Gifford, the director of the cochlear implant program at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center told ABC News.

To read more, check out this ABC News report.

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