Jamie Barge started to lose her hearing at the age of 1, the rider writes on Horse Network.
When I was 11, I lost all hearing in my left ear following an accident trailering my pony. When I hit my head, I often lose more hearing. Sometimes it comes back, but not usually to the level it was before. Sometimes, it doesn’t.
Obviously, that isn’t an ideal situation when you compete in a sport renown[ed] for traumatic head injuries. But it’s a risk I’m willing to take because I love this sport.
And I can’t imagine not being around horses. There are worse things than being hearing impaired.
Watch Jamie's story below: