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Deaf woman 'couldn't believe the sound of hairspray'

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.

Read: Deaf woman: 'Amazing' to hear for the first time in 40 years


Mum says deaf daughter 'took a big chance' on implant

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



Deaf woman thanks readers for 'wonderful comments'

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.

Watch: Deaf woman given hearing after 39 years of silence

A video captured the first time Joanne Milne heard a sound. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Commenting on ITV News' Facebook page, Joanne Milne wrote: "Wonderful're making me cry again! Thanks everyone...I'm still on my emotional rollercoaster!"

Watch: Deaf woman tells ITV 'it's amazing' to hear for first time


Deaf woman given hearing after 39 years of silence

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.

Military charity "thrilled" with cricket stadium support

Edgbaston Stadium's Gareth Roberts with Mike Hammond from Queen Elizabeth Hospital Credit: Warwickshire CCC

Edgbaston Stadium has confirmed a new three-year partnership with Fisher House – a ‘home away from home’ for the families of military patients – to be one of its official charity partners.

Based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Fisher House provides free accommodation to the families of military patients being cared for at the hospital and builds on Edgbaston’s longstanding partnership with the Armed Forces.

Gareth Roberts, commercial director of Edgbaston, said: “We’ve accommodated many members of the armed forces on match days in the past and expanded the relationship last summer by staging the inaugural Warwickshire Legends v UK Armed Forces match."

“From 2014 and beyond, the Legends v UK Armed Forces match will become a regular fixture, whilst we also have a staff parachute jump and other activities."

Mike Hammond, Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity which operates Fisher House, said: “We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Edgbaston and grateful to the club and its fans for their support.

“Fisher House is funded completely by charitable donations and so working with Edgbaston for the next three years is a great boost to us as well as the families of wounded troops."

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