Josephine Dickinson is an English poet and musician who has lived most of her life with impaired hearing, or none at all.
A cochlear implant has restored her ability to enjoy sounds, and music. She writes movingly about the transformation here.
I entered a new world where every tap, squeak, clang, whisper and consonant exploded and sizzled inside my head. The air was filled with a flutter of whistles and flutes in the highest register of ambient noise: my hair rustling, clothes brushing against each other, door hinges squeaking. Every sound had a limitless resonance. Pattering feet set off tinklings that endured. My dog’s barks set off sympathetic changs and chungs in the radiators through the house.