Hearing Loss No Barrier to the Olympics
British long jumper Greg Rutherford is bringing home a bronze medal, despite having suffered severe hearing loss after a neck injury, Lisa Packer writes for Healthy Hearing.
Rutherford had hoped to replicate his gold medal performance at the last games in London and was disappointed that he didn't quite make it. “It’s very frustrating," he said. "Obviously I come into these competitions to win them. I felt pretty good after yesterday even though I scraped through."
Then there's David Smith, who helped the USA volleyball team reach the quarter-finals yesterday by defeating Mexico. Smith has 90 percent hearing loss.
And Marcus Titus, who has been deaf since birth, barely missed out on a place on the USA team.
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