Marcus Titus: Success in Swimming

This story was shared by a friend on Facebook this morning and I had to share here!

Born almost completely deaf, Marcus Titus has grown used to overcoming obstacles. He has never let his impairment slow him down or stifle his aspirations in or out of the swimming pool.

In his latest victory, Titus successfully led a social-media campaign that persuaded USA Swimming to allow the use of hand signals in his events at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.

That battle was relatively easy, especially compared with everything he’s overcome since taking up competitive swimming as a high-school freshman in Tucson. The next battle will prove tougher, as Titus attempts to qualify in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Titus owns the third-fastest American time in the 100m during this competition period. It’s his strongest event and the one in which he has the best shot to qualify, but the competition in the event is extremely deep.

Read the full story from Fox Sports here: http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/swimming/story/Deaf-swimmer-Marcus-Titus-wins-approval-for-hand-signals-at-Olympic-trials

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Answering your questions!

First of all, thank you for your questions and comments! This is precisely the reason we do this blog! There are no silly questions!

From a reader:
This might be a silly question, but I’m sure a lot of people are wondering about it: When you take off the ear piece and antenna, can you hear? Do you sleep with a hearing aid? Are there times other than when you sleep that you take it off? Like maybe when your mom is telling you to do chores?