Disabled man competes in marathon to overcome challenges - WNEM TV 5

Disabled man competes in marathon to overcome challenges

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BRIDGEPORT, MI (WNEM) -

Tim Crawford was born with a severe hearing impairment and for most of his life he lived in silence, but that all changed two years ago thanks a cochlear implant.

“It took time, it took a lot of rehab and a lot of practice. It did not happen overnight. Within a month to two months I was scoring 96 to 100 percent on my hearing test,” Crawford said.

Now, Crawford is training for an Iron Man Competition, a grueling race that tests even the fittest athletes.

It will be the eighth time he has competed but this time he will be able to hear people cheer him on.

Crawford overcame many challenges to get to this point in life. He is now a CPA and runs his own accounting business in Bridgeport.

So, traveling to Boulder, Colorado to race with some of the strongest people in the world is exciting.

Crawford said the implant has changed his life and he is hoping others will want to do the same.

“Hopefully, people that are out there, that are deaf and or hard of hearing, will see that there are solutions for them. They can talk to a company like cochlear and get help. And have the surgery and be able to hear,” Crawford said. 

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