Sherry Anne was born with bilateral hearing loss at birth that was not diagnosed until she was in kindergarten. Hearing aids enabled her to learn, communicate, and excel in academics, athletics, and the arts. Her journey has not been without the struggles of bullying and other social impacts experienced by those with hearing loss, but she has overcame many of these obstacles to become an award-winning singer-songwriter, speaker, and author.
“I hope the readers of Hearing Life Magazine, who experience hearing loss at any level, and at any age, will be inspired to explore their opportunities and discover just how much technology there is for us all to live a better life,” said Sherry Anne. “My message is to encourage anyone facing any kind of obstacle to not let it hold you back from an abundant life.”
This ‘Joy of Music’ themed issue of Hearing Life Magazine shares the stories of eight other remarkable individuals including Syracuse University and Ithaca College graduate and classic guitarist Charles Mokotoff and visual music innovator Jay Alan Zimmeran who lost his hearing in part to the events of September 11. All stories of people who have refused to allow hearing loss rob them of their enjoyment of music.