Suffering from hearing loss is such a terrible and painful thing to go through. It is something that can happen at any age and be due to any number of causes. It can cause anger, depression and make you feel all alone. Millions of people all over the world suffer from hearing loss but you feel that it should not have been you.
Unfortunately, hearing loss can happen to anyone no matter who or what they are. They can be rich and famous or someone living in poverty in a third world country. When you have hearing loss, it is important to visit a hearing clinic and get professional advice from an audiologist.
Let’s take a look at some famous people who have had to deal with hearing loss and associated conditions.
1. Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend is an original member of the rock band The Who. He is known mostly for being the guitarist and for backing vocals but has also been the lead singer. He plays many other instruments as well. The Who have sold over 100 million records worldwide. The band was part of the British Invasion when bands from the United Kingdom such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and many others became popular in the United States.
The Who became one of the most influential bands in the 20th century. They were also one of the loudest bands and were known to smash their instruments on stage. Because of the constant loudness, Pete has suffered severe hearing loss, though one incident also caused damage to his hearing. The drum explosion on the Smothers Brothers show very likely started his hearing loss.
2. William Shatner
Famous Canadian actor William Shatner, best known for playing Captain Kirk on the TV series Star Trek, suffers from tinnitus. The actor thinks that an accident on set may have started it. Tinnitus can cause some hearing loss. Tinnitus can be a very disturbing and awful condition to have. It can be a constant ringing in the ear or ears, but it can also be a buzzing, hissing, clicking, roaring or whistling among other things.
There have been people, including famous people who have ended up taking their own life because they could not take it anymore. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition. Many people can tolerate it but for a few who have it really bad, it can ruin their life and in some cases, it can end it through suicide.
3. Ludwig van Beethoven
One of the most famous and greatest composers of all time, Beethoven suffered badly from hearing loss. He also suffered from tinnitus which left him tormented. He had written letters to his brothers in which he mentioned having thoughts of suicide. On one famous occasion, after the premiere of his 9th Symphony, he had to be turned around because he could not hear the applause of the audience.
4. Bill Clinton
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was fitted with hearing aids in both ears while he was President and in his early 50s. According to him, his hearing loss was as a result of getting older in addition to the many hours of band practice in his youth as a musician.
Successful and prominent people suffer from hearing loss and while it is by no means easy, with help and support, there are ways to cope. It’s hard when one of the major senses is impaired. Never feel alone and never be alone. Seek help, because help is out there in many forms. Don’t deal with it on your own because it can be too hard. Get help in coming to terms with hearing loss and start living again