How World-Class Athletes Are Overcoming Hearing Loss & Damage
For some inspiring individuals, success is not out of reach even when challenged by damaged hearing. It is often only when your ability to hear begins to fade that we realize how vital and special the gift of hearing truly is.
With advances in modern technology, some hearing aids are now producing natural sound quality, allowing you to hear more of what you want, less of what you don’t. Even better, with nano-coating for sweat protection and new smaller flexible sizes, hearing aids can even be worn when playing sports including basketball and football.
Derrick Coleman, current fullback for the Atlanta Falcons, says that wearing a hearing aid has helped him in many situations, specifically in a loud stadium. He had the ability to tune things out by adjusting his hearing aid, allowing him to focus on the job at hand.
“Being deaf, being hard of hearing is who I am, so I’m not going to let someone else come in here and say ‘Oh, you’re deaf,’” – “That’s who I am. It made me who I am today” said Coleman in an interview with Michael Hartzell.
Russian Olympic skier Elena Yakovishina has been deaf since she was eight. Yakovishina has been skiing since her parents first took her to the top of a mountain when she was only three years old. Being diagnosed as deaf five years later did not stop her from skiing and competing at an international level. Yakovishina has said that skiing with hearing aids makes you “hear things differently: the wind, your skis, everything.” While Yakovishina could still ski without her hearing aids, she feels the quality of her hearing affects the quality of her skiing.
University of Oklahoma senior Rylee Reinertson suffers from severe hearing loss and has worn a hearing aid for 16 years. With hearing aids, he is able to do all the things other college kids enjoy. Plus, he is one of the stars of Oklahoma’s golf team and ranks as one the best collegiate golf players in the nation.
For athletes, professional or a weekend warrior, hearing is a key in knowing what to do, how competition is preparing and being in tune with your environment. Whether on the field or in the stands, the way to win is always bringing your best game, including having your hearing tested and protecting your ears when the crowd explodes in applause at the next touchdown.
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