Hamilton Not Letting Sound of Silence Impact His Game For Kent State

When you go to a baseball game, you take in all the normal sounds that such an environment provides...the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd.

But for Kent State baseball player Nick Hamilton, all he hears is the sound of silence.

"If I take out my hearing aids, I can't hear anything unless you set of some fireworks nearby," Hamilton said.

Nick is nearly deaf, diagnosed at the age of 4 when doctors said the bones inside his ears hadn't developed. He nearly lost all his hearing, but through countless surgeries, Hamilton can now hear clearly with the help of hearing aids.

As a result of his hearing disability, Hamilton had difficulty speaking in his childhood. He says it took 8 years of therapy to talk at the level of kids his age.

"I really think everyone has something in life that you go through and this is just mine. I'm sure I miss out on some things. At least I get to play baseball and I don't miss out on that," Hamilton commented.

"I'm thankful my parents bucked the odds and got me into speech therapy. They pushed me to do those things. I don't know where I would be if I couldn't speak. Instead of doing sign language, they had me do speech therapy," he said.

Hamilton is among Kent State's batting leaders and helped the Golden Flashes to a first-ever appearance in the College World Series.

Nick's father Tom, is the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Indians and that's the same club that recently drafted Hamilton in the 35th round.

Hamilton is a player college baseball fans could be hearing about for years to come.


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