In 1996, Dr. Catherine Palmer, Director, Audiology, Department of Otolaryngology, UPMC’s Eye and Ear Institute, was involved in the publishing a book, "Time Out! I Didn’t Hear You," as a resource and comprehensive guide, describing the types of assistive technology and simple strategies that can make all sports accessible to young people with hearing loss.
“Involvement in sports teaches teamwork, problem solving, time management, and promotes healthy life styles. This is just as important for children with hearing loss as any other child,” said Palmer. “Often, youth with hearing loss are steered away from team sports because of the perceived communication barriers, but children should be able to choose the sport they love just like Derrick Coleman did.”