Even though hearing loss is very common, it is sometimes difficult to think of more than a couple of famous or inspirational figures who suffer from it.
But the fact is, there are plenty of men and women who have lost some or all of their hearing and have gone on to do amazing things in spite of the difficulties diminished hearing can cause.
Here’s our (non-exhaustive) list of people who you will have heard of, who in some way, have diminished hearing.
The former president’s hearing loss is likely the result of the use of hunting rifles, listening to rock and roll as a youth, and political rallies. He particularly has a difficult time in crowded rooms, and wears CIC (completely-in-canal) model hearing aids.
Ludwig von Beethoven
Incredibly, one of the most famous composers of all time began losing his hearing in his mid-twenties. Unfortunately, without the advantage of having hearing aids, he often had trouble communicating with others, but still wrote powerful symphonies. Late in life, he would perform his compositions, and have to be turned around to see the reaction of the crowd.
Recently featured on a popular television show, Mandy Harvey was a music student who had a connective tissue disorder that caused her to completely lose her hearing by the age of 18. After following other avenues, she realized that music was still possible, and she regularly performs in clubs as well as making it to the final five on America’s Got Talent.
The Wizard of Menlo Park is well-known for his famous inventions. But it’s not very widely known that he also suffered from hearing loss due to untreated scarlet fever as a child. He found that it helped him to focus better because he was never distracted by outside noises.
If you had kids or grandkids in the 1980s, you might have noticed Linda on Sesame Street. She single-handedly introduced an entire generation to sign-language and the difficulties that can surround hearing loss.
You don’t have to feel alone, or like you are capable of less than you were when you had a full range of hearing.
As long as you are active and living, you can do (almost) anything.
Countless people have inspirational stories of unexpected achievement, overcoming some of the issues many of us are dealing with daily, doing extraordinary things.
The good news is, many of these successful people rely on (or have used) hearing devices, just like the ones many of us use.
If you are noticing diminished hearing, come in and see us.
We can help you determine which device will serve you best.
We can’t wait to help you gain a better hearing lifestyle. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are committed to better hearing and committed to you! Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment.