Sherry Anne was born with bilateral hearing loss at birth that was not diagnosed until she was inÂ kindergarten. Hearing aids enabled her to learn,Â communicate, and excel in academics, athletics, and the arts. Her journey has not been withoutÂ the struggles of bullying and other social impacts experienced by those with hearingÂ loss, but she has overcame many of these obstacles to become an award-winning singer-songwriter, speaker, and author.
â€œI hope the readers of Hearing Life Magazine, who experience hearing loss at any level, and at anyÂ age, will be inspired to explore their opportunities and discover just how muchÂ technology there is for us all to live a better life,â€ said Sherry Anne. â€œMy message is toÂ encourage anyone facing any kind of obstacle to not let it hold you back from anÂ abundant life.â€
ThisÂ â€˜Joy of Musicâ€™ themed issue of Hearing Life Magazine shares the stories of eight other remarkable individualsÂ including Syracuse University and Ithaca College graduate and classic guitarist CharlesÂ Mokotoff and visual music innovator Jay Alan Zimmeran who lost his hearing in part toÂ the events of September 11. All stories of people who have refused to allow hearing loss rob them of their enjoyment of music.