profoundly deaf and functionally hearing big time athletes

Very few profoundly deaf athletes make it big in
big time athletics (pros, NCAA-I, Olympics,
national level teams, etc).

Most of the big-time athletes with hearing losses are
functionally hearing. They may use hearing aids
or CI’s, and while struggling to hear, they
are able to carry on pretty good communications
with hearing people. Some of them are just
mildly or moderately deaf and do not wear hearing
aids or CI’s. Some of them shy away from locker
room banter with teammates – only because they
cannot catch everything that is being
said. On one to one communications they are
“hearing” but with group communications they
are deaf.

Always tricky when defining the deafness
of an athlete with a hearing loss!