A few years later, she began lessons, eventually playing with a traveling group from the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute.
While in high school in Michigan, she began to notice that the violin sounded different, particularly in the upper registers. After coming to the University of Kentucky on a full academic scholarship, Langford decided to have her hearing checked.
The diagnosis was devastating to someone who depends on hearing for her art: progressive genetic hearing loss. Langford, an adopted only child, didn’t know she was at risk and had no illnesses or infections that would have predicted such a hearing loss.