Often when we are diagnosed with hearing loss, you can often feel alienation.
How will I work?
Are they going to judge me?
What will they say?
You are not alone! There are over 466 million people worldwide affected by hearing loss.
Hearing loss can affect everyone!
Our hearing challenged celebrities range from Oscar winners to professional athletes!
All of these celebrities have not let slow them down or hinder them from success. You shouldn’t either!
Whoopi Goldberg Wears a Hearing Aid
Whoopi Goldberg has worn a hearing aid for years.
Whoopie Goldberg recalls “After years and years of listening to music so loud and so close to the eardrum” it has resulted in hearing loss. Whoopi is not alone. Over 40 million Americans suffer from noise induced hearing loss.
Whoopi Goldberg is best known for her to come at the Academy Award for Best Actress in a supporting role in her role as a Ghost (1990). This Academy award winner has also been nominated for several other Oscars!
Huey Lewis Developed Tinnitus
Huey Lewis is the frontman of the pop band Huey Lewis And The News. After years of playing loudly without hearing protection, he developed Tinnitus.
He was experiencing ringing and buzzing in both of his ears. This constant ringing made it impossible for Huey Lewis to find perfect pitch. 25 Million Americans experienced Tinnitus in the past year.
He currently wears hearing aids in both of his ears.
Barbra Suffered For Years
Barbra Streisand has a career expanding decades in music, film, and producing.
It is a little known fact that she has been living with Tinnitus since she was 9 years old. Once the ringing was so intense it forced her to walk off the stage. She was in the middle of a performance!
Barbra admits to waiting for years before seeking treatment and has since learned to manage her Tinnitus. In fact it takes an average of 7-10 YEARS before someone with hearing loss seeks treatment.
Lou Ferrigno Is Over 75% Deaf
Lou Ferrigno is without a doubt one of the most famous deaf celebrities.
At the young age of three, he lost over 75% of his hearing due to an infection. Lou has proudly been wearing hearing aids since the young age of 4.
He started off his acting career as TV own’s Incredible Hawk. He even credits as hearing loss to helping him create a determination within himself.
Stephen Colbert doesn’t have a ear drum
Stephen Colbert is in an Emmy award winning talk show host who plays a political satirist. Mr. Colbert is another who has lived most of his life with hearing loss.
During his childhood, it was discovered that he had a tumor in his right ear.. The tumor was removed by removing his right ear drum.
Colbert is now deaf in his right ear.
Jodi Foster suffers from Vertigo
Jodie Foster has always been private about her personal life. Years ago she reported that she suffers from vertigo and hearing loss. Since then, Mrs. Foster had been spotted wearing a hearing aid.
Jodie Foster has been involved in the entertainment industry since the age of 3.
Robert Lowe lost his hearing
Robert Lowe is completely deaf in his right ear. He contracted a viral infection as a child and it lead to hearing loss 5 out of 6 children in America experience ear infections.
Mr. Lowe has stated before, that he has trouble hearing in loud situations. Robert has never let his hearing loss is not affected his life.
He is a 6 time Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy Award nominee.
Lance Allred Makes NBA History
Lance Allred is the first legally deaf basketball player to join the NBA. He has been legally deaf, hearing loss at 80%, from RH complications at birth and is constantly sharing his story.
He made his debut in 2008 with the Cleveland Cavaliers and had a brief career. Lance wear his hearing aids in both ears as he is almost completely deaf.
All of these celebrities were either born with hearing loss or accumulated it over their lifetime.
It is important for everyone, Oscar winning or not, to start a journey with their own hearing health.
At Prescott Hearing, we have been fitting hearing instruments since 1999. We are constantly researching and advancing in the industry.