Her inspiring story of hearing for the first time touched the hearts of millions across the globe.
Now Jo Milne, of Low Fell in Gateshead, is set to appear on the new series of BBC2’s Springwatch as crews followed the 39-year-old as she hears the dawn chorus for the very first time.
Jo, who was diagnosed with the rare condition Usher Syndrome at 29, had been acutely deaf since she was two-years-old until undergoing a bilateral cochlear implant in February which saw an electronic device surgically implanted in both of her ears.
The video of the moment she heard for the first time went viral, changing Jo’s life forever.
“Everyone I met was so interested in my story and inspirational outlook on life,” said Jo, who has filmed with several crews since her operation.
As BBC2 celebrate the 10th anniversary of Springwatch, a crew followed Jo through Saltwell Park in Gateshead for a special feature for the three-week-long series which launches on May 26.
“Chris Watson is a sound recordist who did the dawn chorus with me at my local Saltwell Park for the BBC,” said Jo, who carries out mentoring work across the region with charity Sense.
“This involved a 3.45am start with crews. It was amazing, as the dawn got brighter the birds all calling was special and very mind provoking for someone who is profoundly deaf. Chris Packham of Springwatch was again enthralled in the story.”
She added: “It was an amazing and moving experience to hear the birds making their own unique sounds in harmony. It will was something I will never forget. It will be shown on the new series of BBC Springwatch.”
Jo, who lives with guide dog Matt, has never let her lack of hearing hold her back and she was able to communicate through lip reading but at 29 she started to lose her vision caused by the rare condition Usher Syndrome which affects both hearing and sight.
Jo is now still getting used to having her hearing and said life will never be the same again.
“I’ve been filming widely across Europe and the whole world is interested in my story,” she said. “It’s touched on people’s emotions to step back and wonder what life would be like without one or worse two of your senses.
“The whole discovery of sound is daunting but emotional and I couldn’t be happier. The quality of my life since I had the operation has improved tremendously”, said Jo.