Joanne Milne, who has been deaf from birth, recently received cochlear implants that enabled her to hear. Watch this video of the first time her implants were switched on and try not to tear up. According to Milne, this moment was the “most emotional and overwhelming experience” she’s ever had.
The 40-year-old suffers from a condition called Usher Syndrome, which in addition to leaving her deaf, blinded her in her mid-twenties. “Being deaf was just who I was,” she said. “Unfortunately when I became registered blind things changed dramatically and for the first time being deaf became increasingly difficult.” Milne’s story was featured on the BBC radio feature Memory Tape, where she was able to explore music for the first time.
“I’m so happy. Over the last 48 hours hearing someone laughing behind me, the birds twittering and just being with friends… they didn’t have to tap my arm to get my attention which a massive leap.” [Daily Mail UK]