In the video posted online, Andrea can be seen breaking down as soon as she is able to hear and react to voices even with her own voice. Her joy and happiness overflows and couldn’t stop herself from crying.
In that most special moment, her boyfriend, Kevin Peakman steps in. He made a romantic proposal; he says that he wanted it to be the first thing she hears, saying: ‘I wanted to make one of the first things that you hear me asking you to marry me.’ She immediately says ‘yes’ and tearfully says ‘I can hear your voice’.
A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing in both ears. Cochlear implants bypass the normal hearing process; they have a microphone and some electronics that reside outside the skin, generally behind the ear, which transmits a signal to an array of electrodes placed in the cochlea, which stimulate the cochlear nerve.
There are currently around 11,000 people in the UK with cochlear implants and the number is increasing each year.
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