Celebrities with hearing loss: Part 2

Health issues affect all sectors of society, whether you’re a regular Joe Public or a celebrity. Hearing loss is no different and there are many well- known people who are/were deaf and have hearing impairments. We looked at a few in Part 1, now we take a look at some more of them.

BeethovenLudwig Van Beethoven – Beethoven was as we know a great source of confidence for himself and for others, being able to create music and play music even after being completely deaf is by itself quite a miracle. Although it was clear to everyone that beethoven was but a man, he conquered his disability and led himself to being one of the greatest musicians of all time. If there was one thing that was affecting his struggle to succeed it was not only being deaf, but having to fight all the emotions that he felt inside when he had to turn around to look at the audience applause because he could not hear.

Johnnie Ray – John Alvin Ray (January 10, 1927-February 24, 1990) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Ray developed a unique rhythm based style, described as alternating between pre-rock R&B and a more conventional classic pop approach. He was partially deaf because of an injury sustained at the age of 13. He became deaf in his right ear at age 13 after an accident during a Boy Scout event. He later performed his music wearing a hearing aid. Surgery performed in New York in 1958, left him almost completely deaf in both ears, although hearing aids helped his condition.

Lou Ferrigno – Louis Jude “Lou” Ferrigno (Nov. 9, 1951), best known as the original ‘incredible hulk’,  is an American actor, fitness trainer and consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. Soon after he was born, Ferrigno says he believes he suffered a series of ear infections and lost 75 to 80% of his hearing, though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old. Ferrigno says his hearing loss hasn’t held him back in his career. “I think that if I wasn’t hard of hearing I wouldn’t be where I am now. It takes time to overcome a handicap. There are ups and downs and you can never be a quitter. I believe the maxim that you only get out of life what you put into it”.

Official_Portrait_of_President_Reagan_1981Ronald Reagan – US President 1981 – 1989) Ronald Reagan used a hearing aid in his right ear early in his term, but later also started wearing one in his left ear. It was speculated that his hearing was damaged during his early years as a Hollywood actor, when he was exposed to loud gunshot noises during the filming of Western movies.

 Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.

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