Cricket player: ‘Injuries are more of a burden than my deafness’
An injured hamstring is a much bigger burden than being deaf, says cricket fast bowler Mathew Fisher.
Fisher, an England Under 19 athlete who has single-sided hearing loss, told the Daily Mail that his “troublesome left hamstring has been a far greater handicap to his sporting ambitions than deafness.”
“I am nearly deaf in my left ear. I have about 5 percent hearing,” he told the Daily Mail. “’I’m more worried about the hamstrings by a mile. I maybe struggled hearing at school but it just meant telling the teachers so they knew, and it has never really been a problem.”
“I’m more worried about the hamstrings by a mile.”
Fisher says he doesn’t wear a hearing aid for his unilateral hearing loss.
Approximately 1 out of every 10,000 children is born with UHL, and nearly 3% of school-age children have UHL, according to ASHA.
“Children with UHL are at higher risk for having academic, speech-language, and social-emotional difficulties than their normal hearing peers,” according to ASHA. “This may be because UHL is often not identified, and the children do not receive intervention.”
Causes of unilateral hearing loss include genetics, ear infections, head injuries, exposure to loud noise, traumatic brain injury, or ear abnormality – such as a cholesteatoma, as in Fisher’s case.
Fisher is currently focusing on Friday’s return as captain for England Under 19 tour of India, according to the Daily Mail.
She does not have hearing loss herself, but recently purchased hearing aids for her father and grandmother, who now enjoy a more vibrant life filled with music and social events.
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