Heartwarming: Mother of five hears 4-year-old daughter sing for the first time

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WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTWO) – Melissa Santo says she has been dreaming about something other parents take for granted.

The mother of five says she can’t hear her children’s voices.

Santo has been dealing with hearing loss most of her life.

A year ago, she went to the Miracle Ear Foundation to see if she qualified for a high-quality hearing aid.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Santo said. “I don’t even know if words can describe what it’s like not being able to hear your child.”

“It affects everything from arguing with your spouse because, ‘That’s not what you said, honey,’ to withdrawing from situations,” said Tina Wilson, a hearing specialist.

On Friday, that all changed for Santo.

After putting in her new hearing aid, she was able to hear her 4-year-old daughter sing.

She says she can’t wait to get home and hear her other four children.

“You don’t know what they’re up to. Usually when you hear nothing, you go running. Well, for me, that’s quite often,” Santo said.

“My three children talk all the time and you learn to tone it out. She wants to hear what they have to say,” Wilson said.

“I always tell my husband, because he can hear so well, that he has ears of gold because to me, it is,” she said.

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