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Born without ears, opera singer now soars

Hannah Katz was born without ears. Yet at the age of 23, she is an accomplished opera singer who has traveled to Italy and France for summer opera programs, and can sing in four languages.

“Singing is something that I really love,” said Katz, who uses an implant and hearing aid to compensate for the ear canal she lacked at birth. “I have such a connection with singing that when a challenge came around, I felt encouraged to think about the positives overpowering the negatives.”

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