Doing well in O levels despite hearing loss, speech issues

Ryan Lu was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears at birth and had surgery at age two to insert an implant. He failed his exams as a Primary 1 pupil at St Stephen's School when he did not know how to read. He has come a long way since, re
Ryan Lu was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears at birth and had surgery at age two to insert an implant. He failed his exams as a Primary 1 pupil at St Stephen's School when he did not know how to read. He has come a long way since, receiving his O-level results yesterday. The former Hai Sing Catholic School student should be able to get into Anglo-Chinese Junior College, says his teacher.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Ryan Lu taught himself to read lips; teacher says he should be able to enter dream school

At the age of four, when most of his peers were learning to read and write, Ryan Lu was learning to read lips.

He was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears at birth and had to undergo surgery at age two to insert a cochlear implant to help him hear.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2019, with the headline 'Doing well in O levels despite hearing loss, speech issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe