Mo O’Brien to become the first deaf person to row across the Atlantic Ocean

GN News

Nov 18, 2019

  • Mo O’Brien aims to be the first deaf person to row across the Atlantic Ocean in a boat with her all-female team, the Oarsome Foursome, in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019
  • ReSound, like the world-famous band Coldplay, is sponsoring the Oarsome Foursome
  • Taking on the “world’s toughest row” with a profound hearing loss is a great quest. Mo will be helped by her ReSound super-power hearing aids on this navigational adventure and beyond

The ReSound dedication to celebrating the accomplishments of people with hearing loss and helping them achieve more will be taking to the high seas in December, supporting an inspirational all-female rowing team: the Oarsome Foursome. The team will not only take on the “world’s toughest row” over 3,000 miles of open water, they also plan to sail into history, as rower Mo O’Brien aims to be the first deaf person to row in a boat across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a daunting challenge for anyone – and an inconceivable idea for many. More people have climbed Mount Everest than rowed across the Atlantic in a boat.1 It is a unique, serious, stamina-questioning endurance test. Any person who takes on the challenge needs to have their wits about them and their senses working optimally.
The stakes are much higher when attempting this challenge with a profound hearing loss, as is the case with the Oarsome Foursome’s Mo O’Brien. Deafness presents many challenges at sea. A person with profound hearing loss will have extreme difficulties hearing sounds in every direction, especially in wind noise, getting a true sense of space and filtering out distracting background noises to hear speech and instructions clearly.

Why embrace such a challenge? Overcoming many hurdles in life due to profound hearing loss and suddenly being able to hear better by wearing ReSound hearing aids inspired Mo O’Brien to “do something incredible” and let her confidence and character shine. “My hearing loss has affected my personality in a big way, but I am no longer letting it stop me,” said Mo. “Let’s realise that we don’t need to just exist through this life. You need to live it to the full and fulfil your dreams while you can.”
Mo will wear her ReSound high-performance hearing aids during the race to help her achieve her dream. Even in this high-pressure environment, the superlative sound quality will kick into action, enabling Mo to hear 360 degrees of sound even through the wind and rain, crisply, clearly and comfortably as she moves in every direction and talks with her teammates. Mo is free to be fully immersed in the action.

“We are proud to sponsor the Oarsome Foursome as they journey over very deep water to achieve a fantastic accomplishment and raise money for charity,” said Christina Molt-Wengel, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, GN Hearing. “We’ll be with them, especially Mo, every stroke of the way.”
The Oarsome Foursome team rowers are Mo O’Brien, Claire Allinson, and Bird Watts, who is Mo’s daughter. Recently, teammate Linda Whittaker sadly had to withdraw from the race due to health issues, but she is still very much part of the crew, albeit land-based. ReSound has granted a sponsorship to the team. The Oarsome Foursome’s other main sponsors are Coldplay, MUTU System, and Crown Records Management.

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For further information, please contact:

Marie Schleimann Nordlund
Head of PR, Media and Communication             
Tel: +45 31 26 37 34 

Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Head of Media Relations & Corporate Public Affairs
Tel: +45 45 75 02 55

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