Cochlear Implants Allow Woman to Hear for the First Time in 40 Years

Joanne Milne was born with a rare condition called Usher Syndrome, which results in combination of visual impairment and hearing loss.

Once thought to be a lifelong disability, with the technology of cochlear implants, Milne is overwhelmed with happiness when she finally hears for the first time in 40 years.

Cochlear implants are giving restored hope to those who are hearing-impaired, as they now have the chance to live a life that is filled with music, voices, birds chirping, and laughter.

In the video above, a consultant can be seen and heard reading out the days of the week, and that’s when it happens, the tears start flowing and Milne’s emotional excitement cannot be contained.

It’s truly an enchanting moment.

Isn’t it amazing how the things we often take for granted can bring such joy to someone who has been denied the experience their entire lives?

Milne was fitted with the implants in both ears last month.

“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. 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 or leg to get my attention, which is a massive leap for a deaf person,” says Milne.

The Metro reports that she has now made it her life’s work to help other people who suffer from Usher Syndrome. 

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