Pirate FM News 2 minute read

VIDEO: The End Of 40 Years Of Silence

deaf

Published at 6:02am 28th March 2014.

Seven words have broken the silence a woman has lived with all her life.

Joanne Milne has a rare condition called Usher Syndrome. It means she was born deaf and lost her sight in her twenties.

But now doctors have fitted new implants - allowing her to hear for the first time.

She was filmed as they were turned on - and the doctor repeated the days of the week to check they were working.

The forty year old from Gateshead has to fight back tears and gasp for breath as her silence is shattered.

She said: "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.

"I’m so happy. Over the last forty-eight 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."

The implants were fitted during an operation four weeks ago, but she has had to wait for them to be switched on to see if it had worked.

The video has gone viral, getting almost a quarter of a million hits.

Watch the moment it happens here...

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Man and woman arrested after three-year-old girl dies in Solihull

National News: A man and woman have been arrested after the death of a three-year-old girl in the West Midlands.

Harry Dunn: Teenager's mother makes plea for suspected killer Anne Sacoolas to face video trial

National News: The mother of Harry Dunn has made an emotional plea for her son's suspected killer to face justice via video link and put an end to the "barbaric treatment" the family has suffered over the past 11 months.

Newer articles

VIDEO: How Do I Talk To My Children About Grooming?

National News: As a report reveals the horrific sexual exploitation that went on in Rotherham - how to keep your children safe from being groomed

VIDEO: Deirdre's Last Appearance

National News: Watch Anne Kirkbride's last appearance on Coronation Street - as the cast mourns her death

Older articles

Prince George: First Official Photos Released

National News: Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duchess of Cambridge's father, Michael Middleton, has taken the first official photographs of William, Kate and their son Prince George.

Farewell Fergie

National News: Full statement from Sir Alex Ferguson as he announces his retirement from Man United

Most read

Dogs rescued from hot car in Cornwall during heatwave

Cornwall News: It is understood that the vehicle had been parked for almost two hours

Emergency services tackle hazardous chemical spill in north Cornwall

Cornwall News: Up to 1,000 litres of hydrochloric acid has leaked at an industrial unit