A teen in St. Peters, Mo., was given her first opportunity to sing a solo a couple weeks ago, but that wasn’t the only first for the family. When Ashley Stehle took to the stage for her show choir performance, it was the first time her father heard her sing.
Ken Stehle was deaf for more than 50 years, according to KSDK-TV, but he recently received technology that is allowing him to hear the world for the first time.
It’s a hearing aid that uses a receiver worn around his neck. KSDK reported that Ashley wore a specialized microphone that allowed the receiver to transmit the sound to Ken’s hearing aid.
With Ken in the audience at Villa Duchesne High School on Dec. 8, Ashley gave him a surprise performance of “Daddy Please Come Home For Christmas,” which was not published in the program.
Watch KSDK-TV’s report with some footage of Ashley’s performance and the reaction of her father:
“He was just closing his eyes and listening to my voice. He didn’t really care if he was seeing me because he has always seen me, he wanted to hear me and that was just awesome,” Ashley told KSDK.
Ken told the news station hearing his daughter gave him “goose bumps all over.”
“I’m very proud of my daughter,” he said.
Watch the full tear-jerking moment: