On March 24, a life-changing moment in Joanne Milne’s made her very emotional. Joanne suffers from Usher syndrome, a common condition that affects both vision and hearing. About 3 to 6 percent of the children are affected by this syndrome. In developed countries, four babies in every 100,000 are born with it, Joanne is one of these unfortunates. However, at the age of 40, Joanne, for the first time in her life, is able to hear. Overwhelmed, tears run down as she hears the first voice, the first sounds.
While the doctor recites days of the week, Joanne listens, almost stunned.
She couldn’t contain herself anymore, tears finally fell from her eyes as mixed emotions surge from this very moment.
The sound may be high pitched at first, but Joanne’s doctor reassures her that her brain will adjust the sound.
Her mother recorded the heartwarming moment. Indeed, her decision to undergo the operation to have the cochlear implants replaced with an electronic medical device is truly life-changing. Now, Joanne can spend the rest of her life being able to hear all the wonderful sounds in the world.