Hearing loss doesn’t hinder Ryan Kerrigan


Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has overcome a lot to become a first-round draft pick.  The obstacles included hearing loss suffered when he was a child.

I feel pretty normal with it,” Kerrigan told NBC Washington.  “It’s only when someone is directly on my left that I have a hard time with it.  Other than that, it doesn’t bother me at all.”

Kerrigan received the diagnosis at age 8, after a series of serious ear infections.

“I addressed it at the combine and it hasn’t hindered my performance,” Kerrigan said.  “I’m sure the team knows, but we haven’t really talked about it.”

Kerrigan isn’t the only Redskins players with hearing loss.  Safety Reed Doughty also has hearing loss, and he wear hearing aids during games.