When Joanne Milne was born, she was deaf because of Usher syndrome, which is a rare and incurable genetic disorder that causes hearing loss and visual impairments. Milne, 40, received new cochlear implants, which allowed her to hear for the first time. Milne, based in Gateshead, United Kingdom resident, received the implants in February and had to wait over a month until it was finally switched on.
“The switch-on was the most emotional and overwhelming experience of my life and I’m still in shock now. The first day everybody sounded robotic and I have to learn to recognise what these sounds are as I build a sound library in my brain,” said Milne in an interview with The Journal UK.
The first song that Milne listened to was “Imagine” by John Lennon.