Gateshead Woman Hears For The First Time

28 March 2014, 08:07 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

A Gateshead woman who's been deaf since she was born has been able to hear for the first time thanks to new special implants.

39 year old Joanne Milne had an operation to install the cochlear ear implants at a hospital in Birmingham.

Joanne suffered from a rare condition called Us‌her Syndrome since birth.

The condition also meant Joanne was registered blind in her 20s.

Joanne says it's 'very, very strange. I can't stop crying and I can already foresee how it's going to be life-changing.'

She's been speaking to Capital FM's reporter Anna Harding 

Ms Milne had the operation four weeks ago, but had to wait for them to be switched on to see if the operation had been a success.

You can see the video of Joanne hearing for the first time below: