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39-Year-Old Deaf Woman Hears for First Time
Yahoo ^ | 3-28-14 | Ralphie Aversa

Posted on 03/28/2014 1:54:49 PM PDT by kingattax

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A 39-year-old woman is hearing sound for the first time after receiving a set of cochlear implants. Joanne Milne of Gateshead in the U.K. was born deaf because of Usher syndrome. It also made her lose her sight when she was in her late-20s. She is now legally blind.

But thanks to doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Milne regained one sense. About four weeks ago, she underwent surgery for cochlear implants. This past week, Milne returned to the hospital to have the implants turned on. She brought a friend, Tremayne Crossley, along to film the moment.

In the video that Crossley shot, Milne is sitting across from a hospital employee who cautions that her new sense of hearing might be overwhelming at first. As the worker begins to recite the days of the week, Milne is moved to tears. The employee also warns that everything may sound high-pitched at first, but eventually her brain will readjust and everything will sound normal.

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1 posted on 03/28/2014 1:54:50 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

and the one with the camera keeps focusing the camera on the back of the head of the nurse including the exact moment the woman hears for the first time.


2 posted on 03/28/2014 1:58:05 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: kingattax

If she’s never heard before, how would she understand the days of the week? I’d think her first word after getting the implants would be, “Huh?”


3 posted on 03/28/2014 1:58:08 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

Are you setting someone up for you to yell at?


4 posted on 03/28/2014 2:00:29 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Cyber Liberty
If she’s never heard before, how would she understand the days of the week?

Through lipreading. A friend of mine's daughter caught spinal meningitis at an early age (prior to 2 years old.) She lost her hearing as a result. She learned sign language and lip reading by the time she was five or six years old and did pretty good at forming words and speaking them also.

When she was eight, she got a Cochlear implant (just like Rush Limbaugh has.) However it is they "dial in" the implant and tweak the software, etc.. she was able to understand her mother call her name very quickly the day the doctors turned it on.

It was really quite incredible.

5 posted on 03/28/2014 2:03:15 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Cyber Liberty

having never even heard a sound before, much less spoken language..how could she possibly understand a single word that is being spoken to her ?

piers morgan is overwhelmed, i’m sure.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 2:05:59 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: MNDude

She lost her hearing, she wasn’t born deaf.


7 posted on 03/28/2014 2:10:03 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: MNDude

Obama would have recommended an aspirin for her. (sigh) How many people in America are going to be denied this sort of help in the future due to socialized healthcare? (yes, I know this happened in Britain)


8 posted on 03/28/2014 2:10:34 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: miss marmelstein
Second sentence in the article: Joanne Milne of Gateshead in the U.K. was born deaf because of Usher syndrome.
9 posted on 03/28/2014 2:13:00 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: EEGator

“What?”


10 posted on 03/28/2014 2:13:52 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

LOL


11 posted on 03/28/2014 2:15:34 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: usconservative

The lip-reading makes sense. I hadn’t thought of that. How wonderful it must have been to hear the sounds that go with the lip movements. I think I might have wept too.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 2:16:02 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: miss marmelstein
She lost her hearing, she wasn’t born deaf.

Then why the title?

13 posted on 03/28/2014 2:17:22 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: kingattax

Interesting-— so once implanted in the cochlea does it need to be turned on from an external software command?


14 posted on 03/28/2014 2:18:23 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: kingattax

The article says this woman was born deaf. This is BS. Her response is too close to normal speech to be attributed to lip reading. This is some PR for free Healthcare


15 posted on 03/28/2014 2:21:50 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

Think bigger picture. The woman can hear when she was able to before. Hooray for her!

Stop picking nits. Consider the news source. Yahoo.com and reporter is named Ralphie.

Then why the title?


16 posted on 03/28/2014 2:22:34 PM PDT by Dacula
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking that. If this is the first time hearing anything, how would everything sound high pitched at first?
Maybe the article needs work?


17 posted on 03/28/2014 2:29:25 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Dacula
Think bigger picture. The woman can hear when she was able to before. Hooray for her!

I don't have a problem with the woman being able to hear. The article says she was born deaf. That I don't believe.

18 posted on 03/28/2014 2:35:03 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

The lady is deaf, not dumb. Of course she knows the days of the week. Hell, many deaf people are more perceptive than those who can hear.


19 posted on 03/28/2014 2:46:06 PM PDT by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: kingattax

Well, then she’s one up on our president...


20 posted on 03/28/2014 2:48:32 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: Starstruck
Believe it.
21 posted on 03/28/2014 2:50:31 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty
Believe it.

No.

22 posted on 03/28/2014 2:57:44 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

OK. Nobody in the universe has ever been born deaf. Gotcha.


23 posted on 03/28/2014 3:00:23 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Starstruck
The article says this woman was born deaf. This is BS. Her response is too close to normal speech to be attributed to lip reading. This is some PR for free Healthcare

You obviously read the title thread without bothering to watch the video.......Her reaction was to the sounds which were being translated to her by the hand signing interpreter.

I have close friends who have twins which were born deaf, trained to communicate via signing and to read lips.

While they can read lips and sign, their problem is vocalizing words that they themselves can not hear..........

You might want to educate yourself on hearing disabilities before you condemn this video due to your own ignorance............

24 posted on 03/28/2014 3:01:19 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: tflabo
so once implanted in the cochlea does it need to be turned on from an external software command?

Yes, they have to be tuned for the individual, and yes it's done via software.

25 posted on 03/28/2014 3:04:30 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Cyber Liberty
OK. Nobody in the universe has ever been born deaf. Gotcha.

Didn't say that, gotcha person.

26 posted on 03/28/2014 3:04:35 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
While they can read lips and sign, their problem is vocalizing words that they themselves can not hear.......... You might want to educate yourself on hearing disabilities before you condemn this video due to your own ignorance............

That is exactly what I was trying to say to the ignorant.

27 posted on 03/28/2014 3:08:17 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck
The article says she was born deaf. That I don't believe.

'Nuff said. Now you are lying about what you said. Are you Harry Reid?

28 posted on 03/28/2014 3:08:21 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty
The lip-reading makes sense. I hadn’t thought of that. How wonderful it must have been to hear the sounds that go with the lip movements. I think I might have wept too.

Guarantee you I would've were that my child. She adapted very quickly to hearing again. IIRC from what my friend said, the doctors said going into the surgery to implant the cochlear device that since their daughter had hearing up to the time she was two, that she should respond quickly to "hearing again" ... the brain has a way of remembering speech I guess.

She's a teenager now and you'd never know she has that implant by talking to her. She hears and talks just like any other "hearing" kid.

29 posted on 03/28/2014 3:09:10 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

Sorry. I’ve been called out as a liar on this.


30 posted on 03/28/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Starstruck

My first cousin became profoundly deaf before age 1. She went to the Houston School for the Deaf. They would not allow any sign language. She was forced to learn to lip read and speak. It sounds cruel, but Vicki could talk and sounded very close to normal. So normal, that many people did not realize that she was deaf. She was so happy when her children could hear. As babies they learned that mom could only hear high pitch squeals. Their cries were really strange, but got their mothers attention.


31 posted on 03/28/2014 3:12:21 PM PDT by FoundinTexas
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To: Cyber Liberty
Sorry. I’ve been called out as a liar on this.

Do as I do: Just ignore the detractors. Honest to God, it's gotten so bad on here lately that I now have a list of people taped to my monitor that I will no longer engage in discussion with here on FR because they just can't handle having a civil conversation without either namecalling, or making themselves out to be superior to others.

Granted, I've done my share of namecalling on here since I joined in 1998 but I'm doing my level best to stop that and just not engage "those people" any longer. I've found if I don't engage them I don't engage in the tit for tat namecalling.

Something about getting older supposed to make us wiser. I still struggle with it but at least I'm trying.

32 posted on 03/28/2014 3:17:24 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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I’m trying too. Hang in there.


33 posted on 03/28/2014 3:24:51 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty
'Nuff said. Now you are lying about what you said. Are you Harry Reid?

Are you an idiot? What I was saying is that a person born deaf would not automatically be able to understand and speak English right away. It's a feel good story but I'm not buying it.

34 posted on 03/28/2014 3:25:48 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: usconservative

(Ya nOOb!)


35 posted on 03/28/2014 3:26:54 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: FoundinTexas
My first cousin became profoundly deaf before age 1. She went to the Houston School for the Deaf. They would not allow any sign language. She was forced to learn to lip read and speak

Right I have no problem with that. What I'm saying is someone hearing a question for the first time in their life is not likely to respond.

36 posted on 03/28/2014 3:34:21 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck
I cannot believe you read my post #3 and not see that I totally agreed with you, well before you said it. I just can't. And I was dropped as a baby. To wit:

To: kingattax

If she’s never heard before, how would she understand the days of the week? I’d think her first word after getting the implants would be, “Huh?”

3 posted on Fri Mar 28 13:58:08 2014 by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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And stuff. Please.

37 posted on 03/28/2014 3:34:57 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: miss marmelstein
She lost her hearing, she wasn’t born deaf.

Oh, for Pete's sake -- read.

Joanne Milne of Gateshead in the U.K. was born deaf because of Usher syndrome.

38 posted on 03/28/2014 4:00:31 PM PDT by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: kingattax

Popcorn ping ...


39 posted on 03/28/2014 4:52:50 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
I AM BI LATERAL COCHLEAR IMPLANT..

I RECEIVED MY IMPLANTS AT UPMC PITTSBURGH, PA.

I WAS 68 YRS.OLD WITH THE FIRST ONE AND THE SECOND ONE CAME A YEAR AND SEVEN MONTHS LATER.

AND YES I HAD MEDICARE PLUS A SECONDARY INS. SO AMERICANS ARE NOT DENIED THIS SERVICE...BUT LET ME ADD Medicare did deny me at first and the doctor went to bat for me and filed a second request (appealed my denial) and Medicare informed me that they reconsider my request and granted approval...this doctor is a ‘fighter’ for what he feels is right...so grateful for him and his crew..I love them deeply.

my implants have given me a fresh life and to my children and husband RELIEF...I began losing my hearing in my early 50 and by 60 hearing aidS did nothing for me..after a serious ear infection my audiologist and ear doctor recommended that I be tested for an implant, they did all the paper work and arranging for me and I will be forever grateful to them also...

my cochlear audiologist is a Saint and after I got ‘turned on’ and tested I had 98% hearing comprehension. It is not an easy procedure and takes a long time, and a lot of patience.. oh but Dear Lord, it is so worth it...

many ask how this lady knew what a ‘high pitch’ was, well during the testing and mapping procedure you are subject to many, many different high pitch sounds before you are ‘turned on’ that testing is difficult for many of us..but you learn from it and the end result is ...YOU HEAR...

40 posted on 03/28/2014 5:38:15 PM PDT by haircutter
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YES...

I did not get ‘turned on’ until my implant was in for six weeks..you need to be totally healed before going for the mapping procedure.

believe me you know there is something there after the implant...I always warn the hairdresser before she shampoo’s my hair that I have ‘several bumps’ hidden up there and they are some times tender...


41 posted on 03/28/2014 5:42:40 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: haircutter
Can you describe what your hearing is like?

Rush Limbaugh says that conversations almost sound like they are computerized. And he can't hear music (at least in the sense that he used to). A song that he would recognize immediately, he can't identify.

42 posted on 03/28/2014 5:54:50 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
note to Genius... She was not brain dead...she was deaf...please learn about hearing impaired individuals..it is not fun to be deaf, but don't call us stupid...OK? thanks in advance. My first words after my cochlear implants were turned on...'OH Kathleen I can hear you' that was directed to my special Angel, my cochlear audiologist.. some one once asked me what was I hearing now that I didn't hear before or at least for a long, long time... my answer,,, rain falling on the metal roof of our house, and birds singing so beautiful on a summer day...just simple little things hearing folks take for granted... p.s. and to all you conservative haters out there, Rush Limbaugh was my inspiration for getting my implants..I could not always understand him, but read his web site daily to 'hear' what he was telling us...now I CAN LISTEN TO HIM...and still read his web!!!!♥
43 posted on 03/28/2014 6:05:32 PM PDT by haircutter
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That must be a wonderful experience.


44 posted on 03/28/2014 6:07:53 PM PDT by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is)
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To: boop
at first my hearing was...like listening to ‘donald duck’ but that soon left, and each day and each adjustment on my mapping procedure it improved, to the point now I hear just like I use to..

and like Rush, I no longer really enjoy music, like I use to but now I think that could be an age thing too..but my hearing does not feel computerized..at least not to me..my processor I wear has four programs in in and with a remote I can change programs..
when driving, I really like program #2 as it shuts out the outside traffic noise and keeps the inside of the auto very calm for me..then I sometime like to listen to soft CD music. with my remote control I can also control volume as well..it is truly a wonderful medical miracle, next march I will qualify for an newer updated version..I'm anxious for that and look forward to even better hearing results,

45 posted on 03/28/2014 6:18:38 PM PDT by haircutter
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Oh, for God’s sake, why don’t you take a chill pill.

She lost her sight in her 20s. Misread it. Big deal.


46 posted on 03/28/2014 6:27:35 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: kingattax

Then she heard her first rap song, then immediately asked to be deaf again.


47 posted on 03/28/2014 6:29:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Maybe that was also about the time she heard her first presidential address....


48 posted on 03/28/2014 6:33:07 PM PDT by oldtech
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To: haircutter
Thanks for the share!

Now Rush of course was a DJ in the 70s, so he knows that era's music intimately.

He said that he cannot really enjoy any "new" music, because it is really difficult to understand/grasp it.

Perhaps this has changed and he has one of the newer model cochlear implants, like yourself.

He can certainly afford the best.

I know that he only got one side implanted. I think it's because he was hoping technology would come up with something better, before he took the plunge with his opposite ear.

49 posted on 03/28/2014 7:21:00 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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I believe his other ear was tested and did not respond for a bi transplant..

I felt my first one was so wonderful, that when the doctor asked me if I was ready to go for the second, I said YES instantly.
by the way when I first got turned on the audiologist called the doctor to come and join us as I was ready to HEAR...

I go yearly for a check up and go thru a total mapping and hearing test and have four processors (a back up for each year) and they are inspected and checked out...I have recharge batteries but also use throw away batteries when I travel, actually the throw away last me longer than the recharge...but they are EXPENSIVE, very expensive..so I treat them like fine jewels.

I’m so grateful to have been a chosen one, so to speak..there are only 250,000 cochlear implants in the world..that number may have grown a bit, I’m not certain...a great website is cochlear.com it is so informative for hearing impaired folks...


50 posted on 03/28/2014 7:41:33 PM PDT by haircutter
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