When 40-year-old Joanne Milne heard her doctor recite the days of the week, she was overwhelmed with emotion, fighting back tears and gasping to catch her breath as she was so very grateful. Joanne’s Milne’s Implants are turned on and she hears for the first time.
Until the moment she heard her doctors voice, she had not ever been able to hear anyone’s voice.
Born with the rare condition Usher Syndrome, Ms Milne has been deaf since birth and in her mid-20s the condition also claimed her sight. The two main senses many of us take for granted, this woman can genuinely appreciate and welcome with grace.
Milne, who finally heard her own voice as well said: “The switch-on was the most emotional and overwhelming experience of my life and I’m still in shock now. I have to learn to recognise what these sounds are as I build a sound library in my brain.
“Hearing things for the first time is so emotional from the ping of a light switch to running water. I can’t stop crying and I can already foresee how it’s going to be life changing.” The operation also means Joanne has been able to hear her own – and others’ – voices for the first time. She said: “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.”