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Spotlight on Athletes with Hearing Loss

Monday, August 15, 2016 7:38:37 PM Australia/Melbourne

Spotlight on Athletes with Hearing LossWe’re not sure if you’ve heard, but the Summer Olympics are in full swing right now. You know, that huge event that takes place every four years, bringing together athletes from every country, unified in one mission? Just that little event.


It’s been one for the books already, with memories and records that will transcend the ages. Hearlink is especially proud of the roster of athletes, worldwide, that suffer from hearing loss. They’re the perfect audience of examples that hearing loss in no way should ever deter you from following your dreams. Here are just a few athletes from around the world that suffer from hearing loss, but suffer from no lack of athletic prowess, heart or drive:


Tamika Catchings

Tamika fought many barriers of adversity as a female basketball player, including hearing loss in both ears. She has worn hearing aids since a very young age. “As a young child,” Tamika told ESPN, “I remember being teased for the way I looked with my big, clunky hearing aids. Every day was a challenge.” Tamika overcame this challenge and has had great success in the sport. She has played for both the Indiana Fever and abroad in Turkey. She was successfully nominated as the President of the WNBA Players Association in the year 2012.


Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen hails from England, where he played rugby for Northhampton, Sale Sharks and Brive over the course of a 15-year career. He is a winner of the English Rugby Union World Cup, playing on the team in the year 2003. Cohen experiences tinnitus and has lost about 50% of the hearing in both his right and left ears. “As I got older,” Cohen told The Mirror in 2013, “my hearing slowly got worse but I didn’t know any different, so I never made an issue of it. Other people picked up on it more than I did.” Cohen now uses hearing aids and is learning how to lip read.


Derrick Coleman

Derrick Coleman is an American Superbowl winner in the game of American football. He was the first deaf player in the National Football League, on the offensive side. Coleman was diagnosed, and aware of his hearing loss, at age three. That didn’t stop him. He work intensively with an audiologist growing up. He played football in college and then went pro. Coleman won his superbowl honors with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. He has been featured in Duracell batteries advertisements discussing hearing loss in sport.


What do each of these athletes have in common? They haven’t taken no for an answer. They woke up with a dream and they pursued it. Here at Hearlink, we strongly support this way of thinking, this way of living. We want to show our valued customers and patients that hearing loss, in no way, should ever stand in the way of the life you want to live. We promise to help you get there.


Questions? Give the Hearlink team a shout.

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