The touching moment when a woman who has been deaf from birth hears for the first time has been captured on video.

Joanne Milne, 39, suffers from Usher’s Syndrome, a condition that normally begins to show symptoms at birth and affects the inner ear.

In her 20s, Milne, from Gateshead, also began to go blind from the condition, making her situation increasingly difficult. However, thanks to audiology specialists at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, she was fitted with cochlear implants and has begun to hear sounds for the first time.

Milne’s tearful appreciation of her new-found sense, has been met with similarly tearful appreciation online, with the video, published by the Birmingham Mail, reaching more than 830,000 views in its first day on YouTube.



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