Joanna Poulton made a documentary about her mother, who received a cochlear implant for her inner ears. The implant hopes to help the deaf hear.
Such implants have seen success: the internet is full of heart-warming videos of deaf people having the implant switched on for the first time, catching their overjoyed reaction the moment they can hear. Not everyone has the same experience.
Joanna’s documentary explores what happens when that moment never comes.
She said “I really wanted to show the other side of the story - the side that is full of pain, because you make that decision and you can't go back.
Science and technology is wonderful but it is not always pain free and it certainly isn't a miracle cure. After five months, my Mum feels she was better off with her hearing aid but she has sacrificed sound quality for the ability to pick up a wider range of frequencies.”
Joanna Poulton is a Communication Support Worker for Deaf students. She joined Wake Up London to explain why she wanted to make the documentary.