I didn’t have a role model when I was younger, didn’t have anyone to look up to or to show me that it was OK to be different, that it was OK to not have ears that worked. I shamefully hid that which I felt was an abomination, and I suffered for years in anger, frustration, depression and isolation. Emma is the role model I wished I’d had. She is hope for the future, a realistic and approachable role model for children, teens and young adults who perhaps feel they have no one in their corner. She is living proof that hearing loss can be part of you, can define you, but does not have to control you.