Texas Teen Overcomes Hearing Loss to Become Major League Prospect
By Amanda Guerra | Monday, May 19, 2014
For many teen boys baseball is a calling. For one pitcher at Dallas’ W.T. White High School, Cason Sherrod, it was almost a call he couldn’t hear.
“He was born two and a half months premature and as a result he had permanent nerve damage. His mother and I didn’t realize he had a hearing deficit until he was about three,” said Slade Sherrod, Cason’s father.
Doctors determined Cason was 53 percent deaf. “So whatever y’all hear, I hear half of it,” said Cason Sherrod.
When Cason started school his parents didn’t have the funds to afford hearing aids, so Cason was forced to use whatever the school could provide.
“It was a little box and you have your headphones coming out and you put them in your ear. Everyone saw it, so you never wanted to wear it,” Cason explained.