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...