Touching moment 39-year-old Joanne Milne hears for the very first time
This is the moment a 39-year-old woman who has a rare syndrome heard for the very first time.
Joanne Milne from Gateshead in the UK has a rare genetic disorder called Usher Syndrome. She's been profoundly deaf since birth and the disease claimed her sight in her mid-20s.
The Tyne and Wear woman underwent a cochlear implant operation last month and this is the moment the device, surgically implanted in her head, was turned 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," she told The Journal, a local publication.
"Hearing things for the first time is so, so emotional, from the ping of a light switch to running water. I can't stop crying."
The quality of the sound is not as good as normal hearing but there is no doubt Milne is overjoyed.
Her mother - who filmed the remarkable moment - said: “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."