The Best Stories of 2015: Overcoming Hearing Loss

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Hearing Care Specialists publishes an article recognizing eight individuals who overcame hearing loss in 2015.


The achievement of challenging tasks in the face of overwhelming odds is a reminder of the power of human determination and perseverance. Nowhere is this more apparent than in those who accomplish difficult tasks while simultaneously battling with hearing loss.

Hearing Care Specialists, in a recently published article titled Overcoming Hearing Loss—This Year’s Best Stories, recognizes eight individuals, who over the course of 2015 overcame hearing loss to accomplish great things.

The list includes Miss San Antonio Emma Rudkin, musician Justin Osmond, NFL player Derrick Coleman, mountaineer Win Whittaker, designer Sarah Ivermee, and high school graduates Hannah Neild, Carley Parker, and Ryan Flood.

The article shows that those with hearing loss, with the support of friends and family and with the help of technology, can achieve goals in any field. Derrick Coleman, for instance, not only became the first hard-of-hearing NFL player but also played in the Super Bowl. Justin Osmond became an award winning musician despite hearing loss, and Win Whittaker still enjoys his career as a mountaineer, musician, and filmmaker with the help of hearing aids with advanced technology.

The article also includes three high school graduates who will be pursuing challenging careers in medicine and physical therapy.

Hearing Care Specialists wants to spread the message that those with hearing loss, with a little help and a lot of determination, can succeed in any career or profession.

About Hearing Care Specialists

Hearing Care Specialists is a full-service audiology practice located in Minnesota, with locations in Hopkins, Glencoe, and Watertown. The practice offers comprehensive hearing care services to help members of the local community hear better, live better, and reconnect with loved ones.

Kurt T. Pfaff, Au.D.
Hearing Care Specialists

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Kurt T. Pfaff, Au.D.