For the first time in her life, 5 year-old Jayde Scholl heard her mother's voice on Tuesday.
Jayde is Chinese by birth, an orphan discovered in a public square when she was only 8 months old. She was also born deaf. Last December, NewsOn6 reports, she was adopted by Dr. Jacque Scholl, a doctor of audiology in Tulsa, Okla., and her husband.
In mid-February, Jayde had a successful operation to install a cochlear implant, a small device that connects directly to the auditory nerve and conveys auditory signals the ear wouldn't otherwise sense.
After the implant was switched on, little Jayde immediately responded with excited squeals of joy and an ear-to-ear smile. And then she heard her mother's voice, a connection Scholl described to NewsOn6 as "a little breathtaking."
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, children typically develop their communication skills from birth to 5 years old -- a challenge the Scholl's acknowledge may be a small hurdle for Jayde, given her older age, but they're optimistic.
"The building blocks are there. And I think she's bright," Dr. Jane Madell, who was present when Jayde's implant was activated, told KJRH. "She feels safe in the world. And I think that makes a big difference."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Jayde's story isn't the fist to make headlines in recent months.
In May of 2012, Sammie Hicks, a 10 year-old girl, also received a cochlear implant and was able to hear for the first time.
"Just because you're deaf, doesn't mean you can't go and do the things you want to do," she told ABC News about her journey.
Watch Jayde react to hearing sound in the video above.