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New Lakewood Ranch swimmer medaled at 2017 Deaflympics

By Ryan Kohn

Lakewood Ranch HSAs swimmer Emily Massengale explodes from the starting block, she hears nothing.

No starting buzzers. No chatter of the crowd. No splash.

The Lakewood Ranch High sophomore is used to it. Her hearing loss began before her first birthday, likely due to a severe fever. At 14 months old, she was declared “profoundly deaf,” which means she can’t hear any noise below 90 decibels, or roughly the sound level of a jet airliner, according to her mother, Rene Massengale.

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Source: Your Observer

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