A STUDENT with a severe hearing loss has dedicated herself to helping others with similar problems.
Fourteen-year-old Rania Seddik, who attends Ellen Wilkinson School, Queens Drive, Acton, was nominated by her teacher and science co-ordinator, Sarah Sakimoto, who said: “Rania is a hearing-impaired student who has spent countless hours raising awareness of what it is like to be hearing impaired. At the young age of 11, she started a new club at her new secondary school that taught students sign language.
“In recent years, she has gone to individual forms and taught them about Deaf Awareness Week.
“She has also acted as a role model for other hearing-impaired students that are lacking in confidence – they know that they can always turn to her for advice and help.
“Besides being incredibly mature and confident, she is also the most polite, considerate and hard-working student that I have ever met. She is a role model for all students in this school and should be recognised for all of her hard work and outreach.”
Her mum, Fiona Mayer, 36, said Rania was only diagnosed at the age of four as completely deaf in her right ear and partially deaf in her left, but has refused to let it hold her back.
She said: “She has had her moments and got stressed and frustrated.
“At first she didn’t want to wear her hearing aid and it gets her down sometimes, but she is a very confident child and has come a long way.
“Having gone to a primary school with a special hearing unit she knew children more deaf than her so she wanted to help them integrate.
“She is a very caring child.”