When Derrick Coleman, the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL, takes the field on Super Sunday – he will set another first, as the only deaf player to play in The Big Game. Derrick will be cheered on not only by Seattle Seahawks’ fans, but also by those whose lives have been affected by hearing loss. HearingLikeMe an online community sponsored by Phonak, a global leader in hearing technology, is featuring Derrick in a video that launches today. The HearingLikeMe community is asking fans to “cheer” him on by posting words of encouragement to Derrick at: www.HearingLikeMe.com.
Coleman lost his hearing at the age of three and wants to share his story and his personal slogan “NO EXCUSES” with the HearingLikeMe community because of his experiences with hearing loss and competitive sports. (One area where children with hearing loss feel challenged can be seen in the competitive sports environment.) A combination of ineffective coaching, insecurities and/or overprotective parents can play a role in a child’s belief in their own capabilities when it comes to sports or other extracurricular activities that are supposed to boost a child’s confidence and help the growth process. His slogan of “NO EXCUSES” and his personal story has been incredibly positive for the hearing loss/hard of hearing community; an estimated 2-3 of every 1,000 children experience hearing loss – and that number jumps to an estimated 30 out of every 1,000 children in school.
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Derrick is just one of many inspiring stories told by HearingLikeMe, an online community for people whose lives have been touched by hearing loss. The site’s videos and articles provide both education and inspiration, while the forums offer a place for people to connect. At HearingLikeMe.com you’ll meet children and adults with hearing loss, as well as the parents, partners and hearing professionals who care for them. Explore workplace issues, compare notes on dating and marriage and discover how other parents navigated life after a hearing loss diagnosis. The site is rich, meaningful and designed to inspire.
How to participate
To show support for Derrick Coleman and for other that are affected by hearing loss, we are encouraging fans to visit HearingLikeMe.com to view Derrick Coleman’s video. Please share words of encouragement with Derrick as he makes history during Sunday’s World Championship game against the Denver Broncos.