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Celebrities with Deafness Problems

There are celebrities who have deafness problems and you just don’t know it.

Read this article to find out who some of these people are.

 

If you love the series and the movie Star Trek, both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy suffer from deafness problems. Sadly for these two individuals, this was caused a loud explosion from a stage prop which occurred during one of their shoots for this series during the mid-1960’s but through the years, both have still appeared in television and movies showing to everyone they still have what it takes to be in the entertainment industry.

Former President Ronald Reagan also suffered from a deafness problem but this happened before he made it to the Oval Office or even into politics. Just like William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, this happened when he someone fired a gun near his right ear. Although the effects were not felt back then, in 1983, he was fitted with hearing aids which many are grateful for because it encouraged people who had deafness problems to get help.

Another former president who also has deafness problems is former President Bill Clinton. The joke is that he wears hearing loss because Hillary screams at him all the time but the truth is that this was caused by playing his saxophone regularly. We know practice makes perfect but since you play this instrument often and it is close to you, the ear will eventually reach its temporary threshold shift and if repeated, does result in permanent hearing loss. Former President Reagan wore one hearing aid while Former President Clinton wears two.

Former Miss America Heather Whitestone suffered from a deafness problem. Unknown to many, she lost her hearing when was 18 months old after she suffered from a high fever and the only way to help her was for the doctor to use a life saving anti-biotic.

When she was crowned Miss America in 1995, she was the first female to accomplish this feat. Eight years later, she was able to undergo a cochlear implant making it possible for her to finally hear what people were actually saying.

American body builder and actor Lou Ferrigno also suffers from a deafness problem. He got this when he was three years old due to an ear infection which permanently lost 80% of his hearing. His father put him down because of that but body building helped him combat low esteem making him win various body building competitions and roles in movies like the Hulk.

Jeff Float, a great athletic also has a deafness problem. He got this as a result of meningitis when he was 13 months old. As a result, he lost 90% of hearing in his right ear and 65% in his left ear. Children at school teased him because of his disability which lowered his self-confidence. Swimming changed that which made him a gold medal winner in the 1984 Olympics.

An accident, a sickness or loud music in the case of people who are in the music industry is the causes of deafness problems. It can happen while you are still a baby or later on in life. The only consolation is that there are now ways to treat it so you can communicate with people when you hear what they have just said.