The Power of the Hard of Hearing Bodybuilder
By Gael Hannan, HearingHealthMatters, 1/8/2013
Editor’s Note: This week, I’m pleased to offer this powerful story from Jonathan Nicoll, a teacher, a natural bodybuilder, and a positive thinker extraordinaire! Jonathan, a Canadian, was diagnosed at age 5 with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss and wears bilateral digital behind-the ear hearing aids. He is a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing children, a caregiver for his mother, a certified nutrition coach, and a proud member of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.
By Jonathan Nicoll
Imagine this – waking up on the biggest day of your life thus far. You drive to an unfamiliar location and walk into a building that is filling up with people. Many of them look just as artificially dark as you do, with faces sunken yet focused and bodies entirely covered with baggy clothes on a warm day in mid-May. In the midst of organized chaos, you search for the head event organizer and explain your need for someone to assist you to understand the information being delivered by volunteers yelling in the backstage and through a microphone in a darkened auditorium. Here you are ready to compete in your first natural bodybuilding competition and you don’t know how you are going to understand the announcements that will be shared throughout the day.