This May, in honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM), The Hearing Review has drawn from several sources to round up a list of famous people who suffer from hearing loss or a related issue. This compilation is intended to help illustrate how hearing loss and communication disorders can affect people of any age, and from all walks of life.

Famous Musicians with Hearing Damage

This list of well-known musicians with hearing loss was created by Andrew Mendelson at, whose article highlighted the issue of noise-induced hearing loss:

Neil Young

Ozzy Osbourne

Phil Collins

George Martin (producer of The Beatles, known as “the fifth Beatle”)

Brian Wilson

Jeff Beck

Eric Clapton

Pete Townshend

Ludwig von Beethoven

Celebrities with Hearing Issues

The AARP created this slideshow of notable people who have experienced hearing problems:

Rob Lowe

Bill Clinton

Halle Berry

Stephen Colbert

Rush Limbaugh

Jane Lynch

Robert Redford

Holly Hunter

Jodie Foster

Famous People with Hearing Loss

The list from EarQ, a nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, included:

Helen Keller

Julia Brace

Noteworthy People Who Have Some Hearing Loss or Who Are Profoundly Deaf

And, other websites around the Internet included the following celebrities who have varying degrees of hearing loss:

Halle Berry

Rush Limbaugh

Leslie Nielsen

William Shatner

Jane Lynch

Marlee Matlin

Foxy Brown

Shoshannah Stern

Lou Ferrigno

Phyllis Frelich

Sean Berdy

Katie Leclerc

Russell Harvard


Sources: Health, ListVerse, AARP, EarQ, MadameNoire

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