The HearStrong Foundation Announces its First International HearStrong Champion

Fri, 24 May 2013 10:00:00 EST

The HearStrong Foundation has added a second professional athlete to its roster of HearStrong Champions, rugby star Mat Gilbert.

The 27-year-old flanker for Bath Rugby in England was born with degenerative hearing loss that culminated in deafness when he was just five.

“My family had me tested for a hearing loss and I was fitted with (hearing) aids straight away,” said Mat.

Not one to be held back, Mat worked hard to pursue his passions; namely, rugby. Known for his work ethic and sense of humor, Mat is determined to be known for his skills on the pitch and doesn’t want any special treatment because of his hearing aids.

UK Rugby star Mat Gilbert

“Being a professional (sportsman), I feel that it is a part of my job to be a role model and inspire others,” said Mat.

As the cornerstone of the foundation, which is fueled by the dedication of EarQ providers, HearStrong Champions are the men, women and children who acknowledged their hearing loss, sought solutions, experience their lives in the fullest and inspire others with hearing loss to take control of their hearing health.

“Mat is the epitome of a HearStrong Champion,” said Ed Keller, president of The HearStrong Foundation. “He refused to let his hearing loss keep him from realizing his goal of playing professional rugby and shows others with hearing loss that when determination meets passion - anything is possible.”

To learn more about Mat, click here.

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