Woman Hears for the First Time in Her Life. Tears of joy!
March 28, 2014
Video captures amazing moment deaf British woman hears for the first time.
Diagnosed with Usher syndrome at birth, Joanne Milne's cochlear implants allowed her to hear. The 39-year-old from Gateshead , England was overcome with emotion as a nurse recited the days of the week.
"Hearing things for the first time is so, so emotional, from the ping of a light switch to running water. I can't stop crying," Tears start falling down the woman’s shocked face as she realizes how much her life is going to change. Milne was born with Usher syndrome, a condition that left her deaf since birth and blind since her mid-20s. But she was recently fitted with cochlear implants at the University Hospital Birmingham. The electronic device bypasses damaged portions of the ear to directly stimulate the auditory nerve, according to the National Institutes of Health. The sounds that are communicated to the ear aren’t as clear as those that provided by natural hearing. But it helps give a deaf person the ability to understand speech and a sense of the sounds in the environment.It’s enough for Milne.