Deaf man hears daughter’s voice for first time during concert solo

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ST. PETERS, Mo. — Talk about a Christmas miracle. KSDK’s Anne Allred reports that Ken Stehle’s daughter, Ashley, has a special talent for singing. Stehle, who’s been deaf for more than half-a-century, finally heard the first note from his daughter’s voice this past Sunday.

Ashley Stehle was preparing for the Villa Duchesne High School show choir Christmas concert and hoping for a Christmas miracle.

“I knew he was getting a hearing aid but I didn’t know if it was going to work,” Ashley said.

The new technology has only been out for 12 months and requires Ashley to wear a special microphone. The night had come and she had a special surprise, her first solo.

“We decided not to put it in the program, it was going to be a complete surprise,” Ashley said.

The song she chose?

“Daddy, Please Come Home For Christmas.”

And when she finished, an embrace after the moment that changed their lives.

“He was just closing his eyes and listening to my voice,” Ashley said.

A voice he had never heard before.

“It’s amazing I had goosebumps all over me I’m very proud of my daughter,” Ken Stehle said.

Stehle said he is grateful for his hearing aid and is amazed at how many sounds there are in everyday life.

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  • MrsPhd14

    This is such an amazing story. I wish they would share exactly where the father went to be fitted for his hearing aid. Although the technology of Phonak hearing aids are phenomenal, the company is not responsible for actually connecting the device to the patient. Please share!!