Celebrities with Hearing Loss

Celebrities with Hearing Loss

In the celebrity world, image is everything and communication is key so it may surprise you to know that these celebs have battled with their hearing over the years.

Marlee Matlin

Audiologists aren’t sure if a malformed cochlear implant or a childhood infection caused Marlee’s deafness at 18 months old. One thing that is for sure is that she most definitely didn’t let her deafness get in the way of her acting career. Back in 1986 she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part in Children of a Lesser God. She’s also a published author having written a children’s book series titled Deaf Child Crossing.

Halle Berry

You could be forgiven for thinking that Halle Berry’s hearing loss is caused by her Type 1 Diabetes. However, back in 2014, Halle admitted that she had lost 80% of the hearing in her right ear when a former boyfriend hit her on the head.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi wears hearing aids and claims that her hearing loss stems from years of listening music too loudly. This is identified as noise-inducing hearing loss.

Holly Hunter

Holly’s hearing loss was caused when she contracted mumps as a child. This caused her to be entirely deaf in her left ear. She hasn’t let this stand in her way though; she learnt to play the piano at the age of 9. She then used the skill for her role in The Piano for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress.

Robert Redford

Robert’s hearing loss was caused when he was filming All Is Lost in 2013. His role was of a stranded sailor in the ocean and required him to be submerged in a water tank and blasted with a water hose each day. This then caused an ear infection which resulted in him losing 60% of his hearing in the left ear.

Huey Lewis

Huey has unfortunately now had to give up touring due to his Meniere’s Disease. He has said that the disease makes it almost impossible for him to find pitch and he doesn’t ant to disappoint his fans. He has said that he won’t give up though and does still sing.

Roger Daltrey

Roger recently told fans that he is “very, very deaf” from years of exposure to loud music while touring with The Who. He has recommended that fans wear ear protection to concerts and we whole-heartedly agree!

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