August 23 2014 Latest news:
Hayley Anderson, Reporter
Monday, May 19, 2014
An aspiring model who suffers from hearing loss has been encouraged by a well-known model to pursue her ambitions.
It was a dream come true for 12-year-old Rosie Kean, when she got to meet her idol, model, actress and star of TV show Real Hustle, Jessica-Jane Stafford, who also suffers hearing problems, at the Click Hearing centre, in Corbets Tey Road, Upminster.
She said: “Jessica-Jane has achieved what I want to go on and do. I was so excited last night that I couldn’t sleep but she’s been so nice that as soon as I met her she put my mind at rest.”
Rosie has congenital cholestatoma, a growth inside the middle of her ear, which started affecting her hearing when she was three.
Jessica-Jane also began to have problems with her hearing as she developed labyrinthitis, an infection which can affect the inner ear, and it was in 2005 that she started to suffer from permanent damage.
Both now wear a Phnoak lyric device, an invisible hearing device that can be worn 24 hours a day for months at a time in the ear canal.
Rosie, who had hers fitted in by audiologist at Click Hearing, Ben Mann, is the youngest person in Britain to wear one.
Ben, who organised the day, said: “I’ve seen the issues that Rosie has faced battling with a lack of confidence as a result of her hearing loss and I wanted to do something to help.”
Jessica-Jane shared her tips with Rosie on how to get on in the modelling industry with a hearing problem.
Jessica-Jane said: “It’s been lovely to meet Rosie today - she seems to have learnt to cope with a hearing loss really well - to look at her and hear her you’d have no idea whatsoever that she has a hearing loss.
“I’ve given her a few tips but she’s got the look and the right attitude so I think she’s definitely got a future career in modelling ahead of her - you just have to look at her to see that she looks like a little model in the making.’