“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.”

~ Peter Drucker

 

Life isn’t quite easy for all. You must be thinking, “Why me!?” but the truth about this world is that there are so many other people who are living their lives with some or other of disabilities for years together. There are so many famous people who have been quite successful even after being deprived of the world of hearing.

16 Celebs with Hearing Loss

  1. Thomas Alva Edison -  Thomas Edison, an American inventor and businessman - the famous inventor of the electric light bulb, developed severe hearing problems at a very early age. The reason for his hearing problems is attributed to his having scarlet fever when he was young. He also suffered from a recurring and untreated middle-ear infections. Edison often referred to himself as deaf and believed that his hearing loss helped him to be a better scientist.

  1. Bill Clinton - Former president clinton has worn hearing aids in both the ears since the late 1990s, when he was diagnosed with high frequency hearing loss, the reason of which was attributed to his age and the time spent as a musician in his youth.

  1. Pete Townshend - Legendary musician Pete Townshend suffered from partial deafness and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) which is a result of noise-induced hearing loss, due to his overexposure to loud music most of the time. While performing on stage, he uses hearing aids and a special hearing monitor.

  1. William Shatner - This famous Canadian actor, author, producer and director, became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain Kirk in the Star Trek science fiction television series. Shatner suffers from tinnitus or ringing in the ears which is attributed to a pyrotechnical accident that he has met while shooting a ‘Star Trek’ episode Arena. He has found support from the American Tinnitus association (ATA) and his treatment involved wearing a small electronic device, that generated low-level, broadband sound.

16 Celebs with Hearing Loss

  1. Ludwig Van Beethoven - You will be surprised to know that the famous German composer and pianist suffered from hearing loss. His hearing health began to deteriorate when he was 26 years old, and by the time he was 44, he was almost completely deaf. But it was not the end of his career. There is quite a large collection of his hearing aids, such as a special ear horn, which one can find even today at the Beethoven House Museum in Bonn, Germany - his birthplace. Although he gave up conducting and performing in public, but he continued to compose. And the most wonderful fact is that most of his much admired musical pieces came from his last 15 days of his life. So if he can do it, why can’t you?

  1. Helen Keller - Being a famous American author, political activist, and lecturer, she was, however, the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She has successfully proved to the world that even the people who are deprived of the world of sound can learn how to communicate and can do great in their lives. She is a role model to many hearing impaired people, especially when there are so many advanced hearing aids today to help you get connected to the world of sound.

  1. Lance Allred - Lance Allred was the first legally deaf player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. Allred is deaf, with 75-80% hearing loss. To improve his hearing, he wears hearing aids.

  1. Marlee Matlin - Marlee Beth Matlin is an American actress, author and activist. She is the only hard-of-hearing performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 1986 American film, Children of a Lesser God. She became fully deaf in her right ear and lost 80% of her hearing in her left ear when she was 18 months old, which was a result of illness and high fevers. Marlee Matlin is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf.

 

16 Celebs with Hearing Loss

  1. Heather Whitestone - Being the first deaf Miss America title-holder of 1995, she lost most of her hearing when she was 18 months old.

  1. Shelley Beattie - She was a professional bodybuilder and actress, who become Deaf at the age of three due to aspirin overdose. So always consult a doctor before taking the medicine! She was one of the few hard-of-hearing professional female bodybuilders in the world. But the most motivational part is that her hearing loss was not at all a factor while she was running.

  1. Shoshannah Stern - The “Weeds” actress Shoshannah Stern was born deaf. Her first language is American Sign Language. She is even able to read lips and can speak English without the help of an interpreter. She is amongst the fourth generation of deafness in her family.

  1. Gertrude Ederle - Swimmer Gertrude Ederle, who successfully swam the English channel in 1926, developed deafness by the 1940s. She also had poor hearing since childhood due to measles.

 

16 Celebs with Hearing Loss

  1. Phyllis Frelich - Being a deaf American actress, Phyllis Frelich won a tony award for her performance in the play ‘Children of a Lesser God’.

  1. Jim Kyte - Jim Kyte is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, who is the first ever legally deaf player in the NHL (National Hockey League).

  1. Katie Leclerc - An American actress who appeared in the television series “Veronica Mars”, found out that she has Meniere’s disease, which leads to hearing loss.

  1. Russell Wayne Harvard - Deaf actor Russell Harvard is the 2007 film actor who made his debut in ‘There will be Blood’ with Daniel Day-Lewis and had a role in the television series Fargo. Although after using hearing aids he is able to hear some sound, including speech and music, he identifies himself as deaf, and considers American Sign Language to be his first language, using which he has grown up.

In a nutshell, it can be said, that while there are so many people becoming prosperous even after struggling with their hearing problems, why can’t you? Especially when you are living in such a generation where getting the best quality and advanced digital hearing aids is just a click away! So go ahead and feel free to change your life - a life full of smiles and happiness is waiting for you at the turn of the lane! Don’t shy away from embracing it!