Stephen Colbert and other celebrities living with hearing loss
One of the best things about a celebrity is that they are related not only to their fans but to the audience as well. They are a lot like us in many ways when you take away their fame and fortune, and just like us, they too go through many struggles. Over the years, many celebrities have reported that they either suffer from hearing loss or are completely deaf.
Even though these celebrities face the challenges of hearing loss, or go completely deaf, it hasn’t stopped them from living their lives and making their dreams come true. It shows us that anything is possible and that nothing can hold us back, despite the setback. These celebrities have achieved great things despite their hearing loss.
ten Stephen colbert
A lot of people may not realize that late night talk show host Stephen Colbert is actually suffering from hearing loss. Since he was a child, Stephen has been deaf in his right ear. According to the late night host, he had a tumor as a child and underwent surgery to repair it.
However, it damaged his inner ear and he completely lost his hearing. When he was a child he wanted to become a marine biologist, however, problems with his ear crushed those dreams pretty quickly. It ended up working for him in the end because he has a pretty cool talk show.
9 Marlee matlin
Marlee Matlin is an actress who is not only deaf, but has accomplished so much in her career. When she was 21, she won the Oscar for her role as Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God. Not only was she the youngest performer to receive the Best Actress award, but the first hearing impaired person to win the prize too. By winning the award, she proved that being deaf doesn’t stop her. She has been deaf for most of her life as she lost her hearing when she had measles when she was only 18 months old.
8 Bill clinton
Many may not have realized that former President Bill Clinton suffers from hearing loss. In 1997, while still in office, he became the second sitting president with hearing aids. He was only 51 at the time and has proven acceptable to get hearing aids at a young age and take care of his hearing. He also raised awareness about hearing aids, and his daughter Chelsea worked with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to help people in developing countries fit hearing aids.
7 Nyle DiMarco
Model Nyle DiMarco made headlines as the first deaf contestant to appear on Dancing with the stars. Nyle was deaf all his life because he was born into a family which has several generations of deaf people. Fans wondered how he could get on the show since he couldn’t hear the music he was dancing to.
Nyle turned out to be an amazing dancer, and with the help of his partner Peta Murgatroyd, he was able to do it. He learned most of the dance moves just by watching Peta perform the moves. He performed the music while watching Peta over and over again, and he was able to resume the choreography with a lot of practice.
6 Halle berry
A lot of people might not realize that actress Halle Berry is actually hard of hearing. She lost around 80% of her hearing in her right ear, all thanks to a violent ex. In 2004, she recounted that an ex-boyfriend hit her so hard in the head that she suffered a head injury and suffered ear damage that caused her to lose most of her hearing in his right ear. This did not slow her down at all, as she not only pursued her successful career, but also became a domestic violence advocate so that others don’t have to go through what she has to endure on her- even.
5 Jane lynch
Another celebrity who suffers from hearing loss. Based on his on-screen performance, however, you’ll never be able to tell. In fact, Jane didn’t even realize she was deaf in her right ear until she was 7 years old. She was playing with her transistor radio while the two listened together, and her brother kept flipping it from ear to ear. She got angry, telling him to stop because you could only hear with one ear. When he replied that he could hear with both ears, she then realized that something was definitely going on. This obviously did not stop her, as she continued to have a successful career.
4 Whoopi goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg rocks hearing aids these days because she suffers from hearing loss. Unlike many of the other celebrities on this list, Whoopi didn’t have a traumatic injury or was born with her hearing loss. Instead, her hearing loss was more natural and attributes her to listening to music far too loudly and getting older. She is an advocate for hearing loss and the wearing of hearing aids, as she is proud to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation. You’ll never know she’s wearing the hearing aids because they’re hidden under her dreadlocks!
3 Millie Bobby Brown
Believe it or not, as young as Millie Bobby Brown is, she also suffers from hearing loss as she is deaf in one ear. Millie is young and was born with partial hearing loss which eventually disappeared completely as she got older. We all know that didn’t stop her acting career, and she recently got into music. She’s learned how to operate it and adjusts herself so that she can hear the director and her fellow actors while she’s on set. In fact, you’d never know she couldn’t hear now, would you?
2 Derrick Coleman Jr.
Soccer player Derrick Coleman Jr. has overcome so much and defied many odds by becoming a professional soccer player while wear hearing aids. Derrick is deaf and completely lost his hearing at the age of three due to his genetics. From an early age he was fit to wear hearing aids and attempted a soccer ball. He was good at football and didn’t let his hearing aids stop him. He made things work, made sure he could play, and figured out how to wear a cap under his helmet to make sure his hearing aids didn’t fall out. He learned to lip read and make things work – you would never know he was deaf when he was on the pitch. He eventually played for the Seattle Seahawks and even became a Super Bowl champion.
1 Rob lowe
Actor Rob Lowe was deaf in one ear all his life. When he was just a baby he had mumps, however, it was never diagnosed correctly. As a result, the virus spread and destroyed the cochlea in his right ear, causing him to lose hearing in that entire ear, all before the age of one. Obviously, he didn’t let his hearing loss affect his career, as he landed some pretty successful roles. He makes things work and has learned to live with hearing loss.
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