TULSA -- It's has been long eight months for Jayde Scholl.
Last December, Tulsans Eric and Jacque Scholl traveled to China with their son, Nicholas, to adopt Jayde. The 5-year-old had been placed in an orphanage after she had been abandoned in town square as a baby.
"We had been trying to adopt for about seven years," Jacque said. "We'd really all but given up hope and then there came Jayde."
Jayde was a spunky, energetic child, but she was also hearing impaired. And without access to hearing aids or devices, she had never heard a sound.
That was until she met the Scholl family. Jacque, a doctor of audiology at the School Center in Tulsa knew exactly what Jayde needed.
When we came home, we couldn't even get her to turn to her name. She heard nothing. And I had the most high-powered hearing aids on her as I could. She didn't hear anything.
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In February, Jayde had her first cochlear implant, and in May she received the second. It is that technology that now allows her to her at normal levels, Jacque said.
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"She wore hearing aids up to that point but here was absolutely no benefit. She really started making great progress, because cognitively she's really intact. It's just getting access to the language."
Six months since her first surgery, Jayde is now able to hear, as well as speak about 25 words.
"That's just her babbling... but there was none of the babbling before; it was pretty quiet. There was none of this before she was activated," Jacque said. "She has really far succeeded where we thought she'd be at this point… She is doing everything she should be doing.
"She has absolutely surprised everyone, she has probably made about 16 months progress in six months."
Also during this time, Jayde underwent five surgeries.
"She was a survivor being in the orphanage. She learned to adapt, and she was quick to adapt to any situation," Eric said.
Monday, Jayde started her first day of pre-K at Riverfield Country Day School, with her brother Nicholas, who is beginning sixth grade, nearby.
"It will flow. She's the one that's doesn't seem to have any problems, I think we are little anxious about it being a new environment, but otherwise she'll fit right in," Eric said the Sunday before school began.
And with the technology that her cochlear implants provide, Jayde's family is optimistic about her future.
"I don't know if the world is ready for her yet, but she is definitely ready for the world," Jacque said. "She is a very special young lady."