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Thursday, 27 March 2014

How Joanne Entered the World of Sound

I don’t normally post items like this but Joanne Milne’s story deserves special mention.


Ms Milne, from Gateshead, U.K.  and now aged 40, was born profoundly deaf, then went blind in her twenties. This is because she suffers from Usher Syndrome, a genetic (or inherited) condition which affects a person’s hearing, vision and balance. Her case has received a lot of publicity as she’s  been given bilateral cochlear implants that allow her to hear for the first time. Be warned: The video clip above showing the moment of revelation is highly emotionally charged!

Ms Milne’s accompanying sight loss was caused by retinitis pigmentosa.  This results in night-blindness and a loss of peripheral vision (side vision) through the progressive degeneration of the retina.

Many of us who begin to suffer age-related hearing and sight problems often remark that they may be easier to manage if a patient has had these disabilities from birth. But now I’m not so sure!  Usher Syndrome

The full story may be found at:

© Natalie Wood (27 March 2014)

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