Celebrities with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate, it can affect anyone including celebrities. There are plenty of famous people, actors, singers, and celebrities who are dealing with hearing loss or tinnitus. If you are feeling alone, isolated, or even embarrassed about your hearing loss, don’t worry, it can affect anyone. Here are 10 different celebs who have hearing loss and you probably didn’t even know it.

  1. Whoopi Goldberg: She is a well known comedian, actress, and TV host, and an Emmy, Oscar, and a Tony Award winner. She is now 62 and wears hearing aids to help correct her hearing loss. She admits that she has noise-induced hearing loss from “years and years of listening to music so loudly and so close to the delicate ear drum”. She talks openly about hearing loss and the hearing aids she wears in both ears.
  2. William Shatner: The actor who is most widely known for his character Captain James T. Kirk on the original Star Trek series has suffered from tinnitus for many years. He and Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) both developed tinnitus (ringing in the ears) during a pyrotechnics accident while shooting Star Trek. Since then, Shatner has worn a sound masking device that generates white noise as a part of tinnitus retraining therapy. He is also a big supporter of the American Tinnitus Association’s search for a cure.
  3. Halle Berry: The famous actress is known for playing many different roles over the years and is the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She is also one of Hollywood’s biggest advocates for domestic violence awareness, having lost 80% of the hearing in her left ear in a domestic violence incident.
  4. Will.i.am: The Black Eyed Peas member has suffered from tinnitus for so long, he doesn’t recall when it developed. He reports it progressively worsened, and notes using music to distract him from the symptom. As a result of his diligent work, he has been rewarded with multiple Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, as well as Billboard, Teen Choice, MTV VMA, and World Music Awards.
  5. Kiefer Sutherland: The well known action star attributes his considerable hearing loss in both ears to exposure to loud sounds while filming on-set. Sutherland wears hearing aids daily to treat the loss caused by exposure to gunfire and explosion sounds he encountered while filming for various roles.
  6. Rob Lowe: Rob Lowe has worn hearing aids since he was little because he lost his hearing at a young age due to a mumps infection. At 52, Lowe is still acting and wears hearing aids daily.
  7. Holly Hunter: Actress Holly Hunter also has hearing loss from childhood mumps. She cannot hear in her left ear, so has reportedly had scenes slightly altered to accommodate her better hearing with the right ear.
  8. Bill Clinton: The former President of the United States now wears hearing aids to help him with his partial hearing loss in both ears. He notes that the hearing aids especially help him in noisy situations. He attributes his hearing loss to loud music, hunting rifles, and noisy political rallies. His experience emphasizes the value of protecting your hearing in loud situations to maintain good hearing health.
  9. Stephen Colbert: The comedian, TV host, and satirist is deaf in one ear. He had a tumor in his inner ear when he was young and had to have one of his ear drums removed.
  10. Phil Collins: The musician reportedly suffers from sudden onset hearing loss. The significant drop in his left ear hearing occurred with no warning.  Some possible precursors include stress and overexertion. He has since retired from being a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Known as a very successful musician, he has expressed an interest in writing songs again in the future.

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