Hearing loss affects 360 million people worldwide, including the rich and famous! A little while ago we put together a list of 10 celebrities who live with a hearing impairment, including Bill Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg and William Shatner. Read on for a list of five more celebrities who live with hearing loss.
1. Rob Lowe
Actor Rob Lowe has been completely deaf in his right ear ever since an undiagnosed case of the mumps when he was an infant. He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2006:
“They seem to think it was the mumps undiagnosed, you know, when I was 8 or 9 months old. I don’t know any differently. It’s funny, as I get older, it’s harder and harder to be in really loud restaurants, they drive me ballistic. That’s really tough for me. Other than that, it’s something I don’t really think about. Other than I wish I could have heard stereo. That would have been fun.”
2. Jodie Foster
Although very private about her personal life, Foster once confessed to a reporter that she’s not very good at taking care of her own health needs, especially “this hearing loss thing.” She has also been spotted wearing hearing aids on a number of occasions.
3. Stephen Colbert
When he was a child, Stephen Colbert underwent an operation to repair a severely perforated eardrum. The operation failed and left the famous satirist and TV host deaf in his right ear.
4. Robert Redford
Acting great Robert Redford is 77 and suffers from hearing loss, although it has nothing to do with his age. He lost 60% of the hearing in his left ear after shooting scenes for the 2013 film All is Lost, in which his character deals with harsh weather while sailing solo across the Indian Ocean. While filming the climatic storm scene, crewmembers used fire hoses to simulate the crashing waves. The actor was repeatedly hit in the head with strong streams of water, causing him to develop an ear infection that resulted in a significant loss of hearing. Redford told newspaper The Salt Like Tribune:
“I went to a hearing guy in Utah, and he said, ‘You’ve lost a substantial part of your hearing.’ I asked, ‘Am I going to get it back?’ He said, ‘No.’”
5. Holly Hunter
Another actor who suffered from mumps as a child, Holly Hunter has not let being deaf in her left ear hold her back. In fact, she attributes some of her success as an actor to her hearing impairment. She told The Daily Telegraph UK in 2000:
“I have a natural intensity that is just a part of who I am. And I think my intensity comes from somewhere else. I think that my intensity comes from being profoundly deaf. I have no hearing at all in my left ear. I was nine, the mumps. I think that has made me an acute listener and acutely tuned into what people are saying.”