Hearing loss in the NFL

Football is rough on the entire body, including the ears. Head trauma sustained in the sport can cause swelling in the ears, build internal pressure and in extreme cases, lead to hearing loss.

Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida presents three hearing-impaired football players who have succeeded on the field:

  1. Larry Brown
    As the first NFL player with documented hearing loss, Washington Redskins player Larry Brown would ask other players to repeat themselves often or tilt his head to be closer to sounds. A hearing test confirmed deafness in one ear. Brown later wore a hearing aid both on and off the field.

  2. Kenny Walker
    Kenny Walker suffered from meningitis at the age of two and experienced hearing loss as a side effect. After retiring from football, Walker serves as a translator in the world of professional football and remains dedicated to improving the lives of kids with hearing loss.

  3. Derrick Coleman
    Derrick Coleman of the Arizona Cardinals made headlines as the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL as a member of the 2014 Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Coleman lost his hearing as a child due to a genetic disorder. He reads lips and wears hearing aids on the field and a tight cap as a barrier for his helmet.

For more information on our services and hearing aids, contact Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida today online or by phone at 941-745-1518.

The New Year is a time for fresh starts. But sometimes, we set unrealistic goals and our resolutions are forgotten by early spring.

This year, Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida challenges our community to make hearing health awareness a New Year’s resolution. Working to understand hearing loss is a great gift you can give your hearing impaired loved one.

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When you can enjoy 24-hours of hearing with one simple charge, life is on. The Phonak Audéo B-R is the longest-lasting, quickest-charging rechargeable hearing aid ever.

“This is a completely different product than other rechargeable hearing aids,” says Dr. Denise Parrish, audiologist at Manatee Ear Center. “From its ease of use to sound quality, to its ease of charge and lasting performance, the Phonak Audéo B-R modernizes rechargeable hearing aids.”

opnThe Science of Hearing Loss

When you’re hard of hearing, making sense of sound is everything. Oticon puts people with hearing impairments first by considering the science behind hearing loss.

The sounds your ears receive are immediately sent to the brain, which translates noise into meaning. When you have hearing loss, your brain tries to fill in the gaps of the sounds you’re not hearing. That’s one of the reasons why hearing loss is so exhausting.


hearing aids affect quality of lifeWhen a hearing impairment is left untreated, your quality of life suffers. A recent study by Johns Hopkins found that untreated hearing loss leads to other serious issues, including dementia.

Hearing aids are the best remedy. In a survey of 1,500 Americans with hearing aids, nine out of 10 wearers report that hearing devices improve their quality of life. Hearing aids also help mitigate the negative side effects of hearing loss.

In all hearing loss categories – from mild to severe – hearing aids vastly enhance the social, psychological and physical well-being of wearers. Here are four ways hearing aids can positively affect your overall health:

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