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Published on Feb 23, 2018
Justin was diagnosed at age 2 with a 90 percent hearing loss. Even after being told by teachers and music professionals that he would never be able to play a musical instrument, he went on to learn the violin, viola, piano, and drums. Justin has spent more than 15 years helping the deaf and hard-of hearing around the world. He lives by his personal motto, “I may have a hearing loss, but my hearing loss does not have me.” Justin is eager to share his story of hope to those who struggle with their own limitations. Growing up with a 90% hearing loss is hard for anyone, but being the son of Merrill Osmond, the lead singer of the world-renowned Osmond Family, made deafness an even bigger challenge for him. Diagnosed at the age of 2 with a 90% hearing loss and after 12 years of intense speech and listening therapy, he can now speak with passion and through modern-day technology, hear with conviction. Considering the fact that he was a couple years behind his peers, he has shown through intense dedication, mental and physical exertion, that nothing can stop him from going after his dreams. There were many obstacles and challenges that represented stumbling blocks, despair and lack of hope. But his will-power, determination, desire, and hope surpassed all hurdles that stood in his way. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx