Skip to comments.39-Year-Old Deaf Woman Hears for First Time
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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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.
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?”
Are you setting someone up for you to yell at?
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.
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.
She lost her hearing, she wasn’t born deaf.
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)
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.
Then why the title?
Interesting-— so once implanted in the cochlea does it need to be turned on from an external software command?
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
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?
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?
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.
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.
Well, then she’s one up on our president...
OK. Nobody in the universe has ever been born deaf. Gotcha.
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............
Yes, they have to be tuned for the individual, and yes it's done via software.
Didn't say that, gotcha person.
That is exactly what I was trying to say to the ignorant.
'Nuff said. Now you are lying about what you said. Are you Harry Reid?
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.
Sorry. I’ve been called out as a liar on this.
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.
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.
I’m trying too. Hang in there.
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.
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.
If shes never heard before, how would she understand the days of the week? Id think her first word after getting the implants would be, Huh?
And stuff. Please.
Oh, for Pete's sake -- read.
Joanne Milne of Gateshead in the U.K. was born deaf because of Usher syndrome.
Popcorn ping ...
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...
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...
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.
That must be a wonderful experience.
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,
Oh, for God’s sake, why don’t you take a chill pill.
She lost her sight in her 20s. Misread it. Big deal.
Then she heard her first rap song, then immediately asked to be deaf again.
Maybe that was also about the time she heard her first presidential address....
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.
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...