A significant hearing loss does not slow the career of Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden's Minister of Culture.
The 51 year-old cabinet member has suffered from hearing problems throughout her life. And she did think twice before she accepted the demanding position in the Swedish government.
â€My hearing loss is severe enough that I cannot determine the direction of the sound I hear. I have never heard birds singing. I also have trouble with foreign languages and this was one barrier that caused me to hesitate before accepting this job,â€ she told the Swedish Aftenposten newspaper.
The Swedish cabinet member is a living example of how someone with hearing problems can still make it to the top. Lena Adelshon Liljeroth was also named one of Swedenâ€™s most powerful women by the Swedish Veckans AffÃ¤rer news magazine.
Sources: Aftenposten, 24.10.2006 and www.hlf.no, 30.10.2006
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