Tamika Catchings - basketball player. Currently competing in 2012 Olympics, two-time Gold medalist (2008 and 2004 Olympics). 2011 WNBA MVP.
Catchings was born with a hearing deficiency in both ears. As a child, she said her classmates teased her because she had hearing aids, glasses, and braces, and spoke with a speech impediment. Upset by the teasing, she discarded the hearing aids and got by mostly by reading lips. Catchings didn’t regularly wear hearing aids again until her freshman year at Tennessee, when head coach Pat Summitt noticed that she wasn’t doing everything she was told. So Catchings wore them through her sophomore year, but doesn’t wear hearing aids on the court anymore. She does put them in for public speaking engagements to help her pronunciation, and has become one of the country’s leading spokespersons for overcoming hearing impairment.