A moving video: A British woman hears for the first time ever

After a lifetime of silence, a 39-year-old British woman can finally hear.

The Journal in Britain reported Thursday that Joanne Milne was born with a rare condition called Usher Syndrome, a genetic disorder causing a combination of hearing loss and visual impairment. She is also legally blind.

The video captures the moment Milne’s cochlear implants were switched on for the first time. In the first day it was put on YouTube, it drew in half of a million viewers and  heartfelt comments.

Milne told The Journal:

“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. … 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.”

 

 

 

Lindsey Bever is a national news reporter for The Washington Post. She writes for the Morning Mix news blog. Tweet her: @lindseybever

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