Katie won't let her hearing impairment define her ability
ROCKHAMPTON'S Katie Butler has never let her inability to hear define her as a person.
For the Year 9 Emmaus College student being deaf doesn't limit her or stop her from doing what she loves.
Katie was one of the 150 kids from the region who attended the first hearing impairment forum in Rockhampton last month hosted by Australian Hearing.
Katie, 15, said her parents discovered she was deaf when she was 18 months old.
"I am deaf in both ears and have to wear hearing aids all the time," she said.
"I had to go through a lot of challenges when I was younger and a period of self acceptance to realise it was ok to be deaf and different.
"I had a really good childhood just like every other kid and I just kept telling myself that the only thing that made me different was my lack of hearing.
"Going to events like these forums is a good opportunity to meet other people just like me and learn that our disabilities don't define us as people.
"I want to be a writer when I leave school and being deaf isn't going to stop me."
Audiologist Kate Huntly said Australia-wide, Australian Hearing has 21,000 clients from birth to 26 with hearing aids.