I was born with genetic hearing loss and started wearing hearing aids as a baby.But I was bullied and at the age of 13 thought that if I removed them, I’d somehow remove the disability.Then, two years ago, my younger brother had to have an operation to get a cochlear implant and I decided that I needed to be a role model to give him someone to look up to.Rather than hiding my hearing loss, I started to embrace it, so that he wouldn’t feel ashamed of his.With Fixers, I want to make others realise that hearing loss is not something you can change – it’s better to make it a part of your identity and be proud of yourself.
National Deaf Children’s Society, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Heather Gray, Director of the organisation, supports my Fixers project. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.
Shak & Natasha