Lauren has profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and as a result, has bilateral cochlear implants (in both ears) to give her better access to sound. With a passion for drama and performing, she took part in several musicals and performances at school.
Her biggest test came in her final years of school, when she underwent multiple surgeries on her spine. The associated impact—recovering from surgery, missing a term of school, and having to adjust to her new cochlear implants which needed to be removed to have the back surgery—was challenging. But she took it in her stride, caught up and even went on a six-week international student exchange.
Her heart was always set not only on completing the HSC—but excelling. ‘My experience with hearing loss taught me that with enough perseverance, support and determination, success is always possible.’ Lauren said.
Sue said, ‘Her efforts and her determination to not allow her hearing loss hold her back from any challenge is inspirational.’
Lauren’s studying a Science and Advanced Studies degree at the University of Sydney. And her wish? To make a positive contribution to building a sustainable world.