Hearing loss affects over 360 million people around the world. There are a large number of famous people and celebrities today and during history who had or still have a hearing problem. Numerous famous people and stars publicly admitted having hearing loss and asked for help. Hearing loss should not control the quality of your life. In most cases, hearing aids help with hearing loss. We have assembled a list of 11 celebrities who suffer from hearing loss who asked for help.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven is one of the most famous people in history who has suffered from hearing loss. To fight hearing loss, he often used a notebook to be able to participate in conversations and communicate with the world. These transcripts were published in the seventies years of last century, and they provided a great insight into Beethoven’s private life.
Thomas Alva Edison had a notable hearing problem, and he often called himself a deaf person. We do not know the exact cause of his hearing loss, but Edison often said that his ears did not listen to him. Although, as history tells, he worked on the design of hearing aids and tested the hearing aids of other inventors, Edison saw the advantage of hearing loss. He often said that the lack of outside noise allowed him to concentrate more on his work.
Former President Clinton had been wearing a hearing aid since the late 1990s when they diagnosed him with the high-frequency hearing loss. He blames years in bands and listening to loud music for being a cause of his hearing loss, which is a common cause of hearing loss for many people.
This famous actor suffers from a hearing loss in one ear. The cause of his deafness is a virus, but Rob Lowe sees the benefits of his deafness: it makes his sleep easier!
This legendary musician suffers from hearing loss and tinnitus. The cause of his hearing loss is exposure to loud sound that comes from the years of the tour with The Who. He is very active in raising awareness of hearing loss among musicians. In 1989, Pete Townshend helped to form a nonprofit organization called Listening and Rocker Consciousness Education. He uses hearing aids and special hearing monitors when he performs on the stage.
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is almost entirely deaf to one ear. The cause of her hearing loss is family violence: when her former boyfriend hit her head. Berry uses her experience to help other abused women to escape from the abuser and the unhealthy environment.
Whoopi Goldberg is one of the most famous comedians. For hearing loss, she blames the year of loud music listening. She is publicly wearing hearing aids. Goldberg helps raise awareness about hearing loss.
Lance Allred was the first deaf basketball player who played in the NBA. Because of hearing loss, he is wearing hearing aids. He played with Cleveland Cavaliers and is the inspiration to many young athletes with hearing loss.
The famous actor from “Star Trek” (or maybe you remember him from Priceline.com) William Shatner is suffering from tinnitus. He openly speaks of the harmful mental effects of tinnitus and promotes the American Tinnitus Association.
Although she does not like to talk about her private life in public, Foster is still open about her hearing loss. She said to Chicago Tribune journalist that she did not take good care of her health, especially the hearing loss and her dizzying attacks. She wears a hearing aid in public.
Underestimating the need for hearing protection while surrounded with loud music or listening to loud music, the legendary musician has developed hearing loss and tinnitus in both ears as a result of years of performing at loud concerts. Listening to loud music for an extended period can damage your hearing no matter if you are listening to it at concerts or on your headphones.