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Heart-warming video of woman hearing for the first time


Today, BBC 6 Music DJ, Lauren Laverne broadcast a particularly special Memory Tapes session.

As part of the regular slot on her show, this week's Memory Tapes, which now airs on Wednesday mornings, was created by a man called Tremayne Crossley, who had put together a mix tape for his friend who was slowly getting her hearing back.

The woman in question, Joanne Milne, from Gateshead, had been born deaf and is registered blind, but is now able to hear music after 40 years due to successful cochlear implants.

While she had the operation months ago, today her good friend shared the experience with Laverne.

Crossley said: “Jo has recently had a bilateral cochlear implant in an attempt to restore her hearing, this is being gradually switched on over five sessions.

“The volume has to be increased slowly to allow the brain to adjust to the new information coming from the ears. Jo told me about a guy who went grey over a one month period due to the shock of hearing how noisy the world actually is.

“It was with this in mind that Jo asked me to put a playlist of songs together, songs that I thought she needed to hear or that would form an ‘Introduction To Music’ playlist.

“I said it would be an absolute privilege but when I sat down to start I realised how monumentally difficult it would be, and what a responsibility.

"I decided I needed to set some parameters for myself, so I rejected everything from before her birth (which got rid of anything classical or deciding what Beatles tunes to use!) and restricted myself to one tune from each year of her life.

"This was still hard as I could have filled a disc for each year! I tried not to choose anything too niche-y and stick to well-known songs that I loved or thought were important, hence, you've got Soft Cell and not Flux of Pink Indians!"

He later shared a video of Jo listening for the first time (below), you can also see the full playlist he compiled underneath.

An Introduction To Music

Ken Boothe – Everything I Own

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – She’s the One - Live at Hammersmith Odeon

Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs

Joni Mitchell – Black Crow

Steely Dan – Peg

Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky

Gary Numan – Are ‘friends’ Electric?

The Specials – Do Nothing

Soft Cell – Tainted Love

The Jam – Town Called Malice

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Prince – When Doves Cry

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

The Smiths – Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

Fleetwood Mac – Big Love - Live (Lindsey Buckingham solo acoustic version)

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

The The August & September

Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart

Ozric Tentacles – Sploosh!

INXS – Baby Don’t Cry

Nirvana – All Apologies

Richard Thompson – King Of Bohemia

Pulp – Common People - Full Length Version / Album Version

Everything But The Girl – Missing

Foo Fighters – Everlong

Massive Attack – Teardrop

Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven

The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist

Daft Punk – Digital Love

The Streets – Turn The Page

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

Beastie Boys – An Open Letter To NYC

Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place

Elbow - One Day Like This

Maximo Park – Tanned

Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters

The Joy Formidable – Whirring

Bat For Lashes – Laura

Haim – Don’t Save Me

(Main image: The Journal, Trinity Mirror)



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