‘Follow your dreams’: Deaf lacrosse goalie has message for young girls

‘Follow your dreams’: Deaf lacrosse goalie has message for young girls
“When I get bruises, it just means I saved it,” Sieben said. “It brings excitement and I just love seeing the look on their face, of disappointment because I saved the shot.”

You see, Sieben has never been one to shy away from a challenge. She’s faced them since day one.

Sieben was born with influenza pneumonia. The medication she received to treat the illness left her with profound hearing loss.

“I got my first hearing aid when I was two, but then my hearing got worse,” she said. “So I got my first cochlear implant when I was five.”

A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear.

“It picks up the sounds, goes through a computer magnet, and it sends it to my brain and it just pulls it down together and that’s how I hear you guys,” Sieben said.

By age 10, she was almost completely deaf and was approved to have a second cochlear implant surgery.

“Huge difference,” she said. “It was the first time I heard birds chirping, whispering, all the low sounds.”

But sport has also had a profound impact on her life. Growing up in Estevan, Sask., she never let her disability stop her from playing every sport possible.

“It was important because it helped me make friends, communicate with each other better,” Sieben said. “I don’t need to hear right, I can just look at them like ‘oh, that’s what you’re saying. ”
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