Mercedez Linton had a natural affinity for languages, and it took her all the way to her high school’s honors French II class, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
Then her grades began to fall. Other teachers told her mom that she wasn't paying attention.
Finally, at a checkup earlier this year, her doctors noticed something amiss. She kept failing the hearing test, and it turned out that Mercedez had become progressively hearing impaired, probably because of fevers she had as a child.
“It’s abnormal for a 16-year-old to wake up and not have that level of hearing,” Mercedz's mom Rebekah said. “It turns out she didn’t wake up like that, it had been progressing and progressing and getting worse to the point that she couldn’t compensate for it anymore.”
But Mercedez insisted on keeping up her favorite activities; she’s in the choir and the cheer squad at Crestview High.
“In choir I kind of learned how to feel the music through my feet and practice like that so I know what pitch to stay on, and everyone in choir was like ‘as long as you can say the right notes I don’t care.“
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