KUSA - Her world was silent for the first five years but not anymore.
Jade Scholl was born deaf and raised in a Chinese orphanage where there was not any access to hearing devices. Finally, with the help of her adoptive family in Oklahoma, Jade is hearing for the first time.
The 5-year-old girl went through surgery to receive a cochlear implant. Sometimes called bionic ears, cochlear implants involve putting in an electronic device that provides a sense of sound to those who are deaf or severely hard of hearing.
Her mother says that while having your child respond to the sound of your voice is mundane for most parents, but for her, it is an incredible milestone.
"She's never turned her head to us when we've talked or done anything. So, that was kind of like, 'Wow.' That was a big moment," her mother said.
Doctors say that despite Jade's late exposure to hearing, they are optimistic that she will be just fine in the future.
Morgan Aguilar contributed to this report.
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