Celebrity Hearing Challenges
Those with hearing loss often feel alone, but only need to look to their favourite actors, to find celebrity hearing challenges are quite common. It does not discriminate, with many celebrities dealing with hearing challenges. Many famous people have talked about dealing with the challenges of tinnitus or hearing loss, and how tinnitus treatment or hearing aids have helped them. Golfer Arnie Palmer, race car drivers Al and Bobby Unser, Olympic runner Jim Ryun and Miss American 1995, Heather Whitestone, all helped to increase public awareness.
Politicians and hearing loss
Former American president Ronald Reagan probably brought the greatest attention to the problems of hearing loss. When President Reagan began using hearing aids, the media attention motivated many people to get help.
Another former American President, Bill Clinton, started using hearing aids in 1997 while in office after audiologists at the National Naval Medical Center evaluated his hearing. He attributed some of his hearing loss to playing in rock bands when he was young.
Entertainment figures who have talked about their hearing loss include actors Rob Lowe, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Thomas, and actresses Marlee Matlin and Halle Berry. Other well-known figures include musicians Les Paul, Peter Townsend (The Who), Brian Love (Beach Boys), inventor Thomas Edison and, of course, Beethoven.
Many people in the entertainment world also deal with tinnitus – hearing hissing, ringing or other sounds that are not actually present. Steve Martin, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy suffer from tinnitus.
Hearing loss and tinnitus are so common in the rock music world that a foundation was created to help. Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers – H.E.A.R. – provides information and suggestions to help minimize ear damage that can be caused by exposure to loud sounds, including music. You can learn more at www.hearnet.com.
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