Friday, 31 August 2018
A six-year-old deaf girl became an award-winning ballroom dancer after learning her skills from Strictly Come Dancing. Audrey Tyrrell, who was fitted with her first hearing aid when she was just six weeks old, took up dance lessons as a toddler but struggled to hear the teacher.
Instead, the tenacious youngster from Dovercourt in Essex turned to the hit BBC show to perfect her technique. Audrey, who has loved Strictly since she was four, was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) when she was a baby.
The condition makes it difficult to hear someone talking nearby if there is background noise. Some sufferers may be sensitive to loud sounds. But Audrey hasn't let her hearing loss hold her back. She used her lip-reading skills to understand what Strictly judges told contestants before studiously noting down their comments to improve her own dancing.
Her mother Tracey, 39, said: 'Strictly Come Dancing is definitely where her love for dancing has come from. She watches it as though she is going to be on there.' Tracey, who is also a big fan of the show, said Audrey was so inspired by watching the celebrities compete that she asked her father to dance with her at home.