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The mother of a woman who has heard sound for the first time after getting a cochlear implant has told ITV News she was "worried for a month" about her daughter's operation.
Ann Milne, who filmed her daughter hearing for the first time, told ITV News Joanne had taken a "big chance" by going ahead with the procedure.
If the operation had failed, Joanne would not have been able to use her old hearing aids again
A woman who recently heard sound for the first time has told ITV News she "could not believe" the noise from everyday objects such as her hairspray.
Joanne Milne, who was born deaf, said she was planning to "enjoy every sound" now that she can hear for the first time in almost 40 years.
A deaf woman, who appeared in an emotional video which showed her hearing for the first time, has thanked ITV News' Facebook followers for their "wonderful comments" on the social networking site.
Commenting on ITV News' Facebook page, Joanne Milne wrote: "Wonderful comments...you're making me cry again! Thanks everyone...I'm still on my emotional rollercoaster!"
After almost four decades of silence, Joanne Milne heard sound for the first time. Here, in her first television interview, she described the emotion to ITV News.
This video shows the emotional moment a woman profoundly deaf since birth hears for the very first time.
Joanne Milne was filmed by her mother the moment an audiology specialist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham turned on her cochlear implants, changing her life forever.
The 39-year-old from Gateshead, whose world had been completely silent until that point, burst into tears when she heard the doctor reciting the days of the week. Her mother Ann said:
“I wanted to record the moment when her implants were switched on. It was just wonderful and I had tears running down my face. We all did.
“She has been deaf since birth and had never heard sounds before this.She knew the hospital in Birmingham was one of the best to have this operation which is why she chose to come here.”
University Hospitals Birmingham, which runs QEHB, is one of only 20 centres in the UK which carry out cochlear implants.
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