Notable Figures with Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is a common condition. In fact, it’s the third most common physical condition among Americans, after arthritis and heart disease. Think hearing loss means you can’t do what you want to do? Think again. Here are a few notable figures who achieved success despite their hearing loss.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Famous 18th century classical composer
Beethoven suffered from a severe bout of tinnitus, otherwise known as a ringing in the ear, when
He was only 26; within a few years, he was almost totally deaf. Remarkably, being hearing
impaired didn’t hamper his musical genius, and he continued to compose and conduct for years after he was deaf. You can actually find a few of the early hearing aids he used, like the hearing trumpet, at the Beethoven House in Germany.
Prominent author, activist and lecturer
One of the world’s most prominent humanitarians and activists, Helen Keller was both deaf and blind. Keller was the first deaf/blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. In fact, she was 24 years old when she graduated cum laude from Radcliffe, a women’s liberal arts university, in 1904.