Hearing Loss Doesn't Stop This Olympian
Tamika Catchings, in her 12th season as a forward for the WNBA Indiana Fever, is already a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She helped the USA win gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She hopes to extend the USA’s gold medal streak to five in a row at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
As a college player, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and trainer Jenny Moshak encouraged her to wear hearing aids and see a speech therapist. Today, she wears a special set of durable hearing aids from the Starkey Hearing Foundation during basketball games, another set for appearances, and often goes without hearing aids for day-to-day activities.