Heringer is the shows first deaf contestant. Her and her older sister Rachel, who she lives with, were born with congenital hearing loss. At the age of two Rachel underwent cochlear implantation surgery at Oregon Health and Science university. Abigail then underwent the same procedure when she was two.
The Bachelor lead was swept off his feet by her willingness to share this story. Her mom Suzie was too! She shared “I was surprised she was willing to share her story about her hearing loss. It’s something she usually doesn’t talk much about.”