‘Wow moment': Deaf woman hears for first time in 39 years


A 39-year-old Englishwoman who was born deaf has undergone “the most emotional and overwhelming experience” of her life, she tells The Journal.

Last month, Jo Milne finally had surgery for cochlear implants, and then had to wait until this week for them to be turned on.

At last she can hear.

“I’m still in shock now,” Milne says. “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.”

Milne, who suffers from Usher syndrome, has also lost her vision. “When I became registered blind things changed dramatically and for the first time being deaf became increasingly difficult.”

The video is shaky because it was filmed by her mother.

Last year, we saw what happened when a 3-year-old broke the sound barrier.