From: Nashville, TN
“I first experienced hearing loss in my late teens,” said Erica. “I had normal hearing (for) most all of my childhood—it wasn’t until later when I was a teenager that I realized I was unable to hear as well.”
“I needed to hear. I was starting college and was having trouble understanding what people were saying.”
Erica also needed to hear better in order to continue doing what she loves most - singing and performing country music. Erica began utilizing hearing devices and discovered a renewed confidence in her voice and talent.
“I have accomplished so much! I am a country artist and have trained myself how to “hear” more with how my voice feels as opposed to sounds.”
In a recent interview with Billboard, Erica, whose single “I Listen to My Bad Girl” is available on iTunes, said, “I think (treating my hearing loss) is something that should be shared with people. I'm able to follow and live my dreams. Hearing (difficulties don't) slow me down, and I wouldn't want it to slow anyone down -- whatever your dreams might be."
As Erica said to Billboard, "I want my story to inspire people to never let someone tell them to keep something a secret," Nicole says. "Being able to share my story of how I overcame it, how I go into the studio and try to deliver the best vocal that I can -- if that can inspire another child, adult, or a 65-year old woman, I want to connect with those people."
Click here to listen to Erica's single, I Listen to My Bad Girl.
You can also visit her website at www.ericanicolemusic.com.
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