Sunday, May 24, 2015

Seen by Millions

image from YouTube video
posted by Tremayne Crossley
A UK woman with Usher syndrome says, "Sounds were still very indistinct, and from the age of two I lip-read because I couldn’t hear words. It was like being under water and trying to listen to the world. To me, it was completely normal. Only at school did I realise how cruel people could be. Teachers would throw chalk to get my attention, pupils spat at me on the bus, and I wasn’t allowed to join an after-school club because I’d 'hold the others back'." But when Jo Milne got cochlear implants last year at the age of 40, millions watched the video taken the moment her implants were turned on. "Nothing prepared me for the reaction," she says. Read Milne's story in The Mirror.