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You're reading: Pyshnyy: Deaf people in Ukraine ‘are invisible’

Only two years ago, Andriy Pyshnyy, right-hand man to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, was gearing up for his boss’ then-promising presidential election campaign.

But as winter set in, Pyshnyy began to lose his hearing. By the end of the year, he was almost completely deaf.

A member of a group – politicians – so often criticized for being isolated from average citizens, Pyshnyy suddenly found himself communicating with his wife and children using pen and paper, facing the tough challenges that confront people in Ukraine with a relatively common problem.

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