News spread online yesterday about a deaf woman, with Usher syndrome, who can be seen crying with joy in an online video when her cochlear implants were activated for the first time.
According to Mail Online, Joanne Milne, aged 40, began to lose her hearing as a toddler and in her twenties, also her sight. In the video, moments after the implants were switched on, hospital staff begin to read out the days of the week to test how they working. The sensation of sound for the first time ilicits a reaction from Joanne that has touched people around the world. The video had been viewed 100,000 times in 24 hours.
The video doesn’t have subtitles but to summarise, the days of the week are being read out and then Joanne breaks down. She speaks with the hospital worker and explains that the sounds seem high but it is explained that this will sort itself out in time as the brain adjusts. More crying follows and the hospital worker congratulates Joanne on the achievement. Then the months of the year are read out too. ‘Could you hear those words’ the staff member says as Joanne covers her face. ‘Yes, yes’ Joanne says as she struggles with her emotions.
Read the full story here: Hat-tip Rosalind Elman
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