Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri has broken down in tears when testing glasses for deaf people that show subtitles in real-time.
Born completely deaf, the reality star has said ‘growing up wasn’t easy’, but has now come to see her disability as her ‘superpower’.
Making history as the first-ever deaf person to appear on the ITV2 reality show, Tasha has spoken about her experience openly while her boyfriend Andrew Le Page also recently surprised her by getting a tattoo of a cochlear implant.
On Thursday, she shared an ‘emotional’ video on social media that showed her getting to try the XRAI glasses, a new ground-breaking technology.
‘Even with my cochlear implant, I struggle still in certain situations, for example at the cinema there’s no subtitles, in group conversations with noisy backgrounds, with TV that’s not subtitled, I now can use these glasses and not miss out,’ she captioned the Instagram post.
‘The fact that the text is in real-time as well is just insane.
‘As you can see I got emotional because wish I had XRAI Glass growing up, it would have helped me massively but I know this is going to change many many peoples lives that can’t even have access to a hearing aid or a cochlear implant – I’m truly proud to be a part of this amazing company.’
When testing the technology, Tasha called it ‘amazing’ and quickly got emotional.
‘Even with a cochlear implant I still struggle. This is going to change a lot of people’s lives,’ she said.
‘I wish I had this when I was younger.’
She added that despite having a cochlear implant, she still found it difficult at times to go to the cinema, watch certain TV shows without subtitles and keep up with conversations.
When she was a year old, Tasha’s parents learnt she was deaf and when she was five, she had a cochlear implant fitted.
She recently said that while growing up she tried to hide the fact she was deaf, she now saw it as a ‘defining’ part of herself.
‘It’s something that’s special and different.’