All I needed was a photograph and a story about someone just like me'

All I needed was a photograph

Kate Disher-Quill recalls vividly the shame she felt as a 10-year-old as she was fitted with her first pair of hearing aids for moderate hearing loss. “Even at such a young age, I knew that they represented something negative,” says the 32-year-old.

“My mother was really upset, which I saw as a reflection of something in me that was wrong. I remember thinking it was an issue that I associated with older people. Noone showed me images of someone my age.”

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