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Amazing moment woman deaf since birth hears for 1st time

A video showing the emotional moment a woman profoundly deaf since birth hears for the first time in her life, thanks to doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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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.

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