Joanne Milne had been profoundly deaf for all 39 years of her life until new implants allowed her to hear for the very first time.
This incredible video shows the moment a nurse simply reading her the days of the week reduces her to tears of sheer joy.
Milne, who is also registered blind, had undergone surgery and then a four-week wait to find out if it had worked.
She told The Journal: "The switch-on was the most emotional and overwhelming experience of my life and I’m still in shock now.
"I have to learn to recognise what these sounds are as I build a sound library in my brain.
"I’m so happy. Over the last 48 hours hearing someone laughing behind me, the birds twittering and just being with friends,,, they didn’t have to tap my arm to get my attention which a massive leap."
Milne appeared on BBC Radio 6 on Wednesday to hear a tape her friend, Tremayne Crossley, had compiled of songs she had missed all these years.Suggest a correction