While newborn hearing screenings did not exist at the time, it is believed that Kimberly was born with a genetic hearing loss. She was officially diagnosed with moderate to severe bilateral hearing loss at the age of 8. However, hearing devices were not readily available to her. “Family denial kept me from getting the help I needed and it was soon forgotten,” she says. “I went to university on a theatre scholarship and a professor noticed I was singing off key and suspected hearing loss. At age 22, I was diagnosed with severe to profound bilateral hearing loss and was fitted for hearing aids.”
PS – Don’t forget that the Film DVD for the Seattle show will be available on June 26th.