Many people who suffer from hearing loss often feel like they are alone in their struggle. But in reality, many types of hearing loss are extremely common, and they even affect some of the most famous and successful people on the planet. Here are some examples of celebrities who face the realities of hearing loss every day, and how they are dealing with their conditions.
One of the greatest guitarists and most prolific musicians of all time, Eric Clapton revealed to the world in 2018 that he suffers from tinnitus. Although the condition has compromised his hearing, Clapton isn’t letting the tinnitus slow him down, as he still tours regularly and released an album as recently as 2016.
Luis Miguel is one of the most popular recording artists in the history of Latin America, and he’s also proof that senior citizens are not the only demographic that is affected by serious hearing loss. Decades of performing live have left Miguel with tinnitus, even though he is only 48 years old.
Whoopi Goldberg has been one of the preeminent entertainers across a variety of media for decades. In fact, she’s known as an EGOT winner (recipient of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award)! Goldberg also suffers from hearing loss that she attributes to a lifetime of listening to loud music, a common theme on this list.
As the lead singer of one of the most famous rock bands of all time, Roger Daltrey knows a thing or two about rock and roll. He also has some advice for everyone going to see a show: wear earplugs, which he says would have prevented his hearing loss if he had known about them when he was younger.
Even the former leader of the free world is not immune to hearing loss. Bill Clinton was diagnosed with high-frequency hearing deficiency, the most common form of hearing loss. The ex-president now wears two hearing aids to help alleviate the condition.
In the United States, hearing impairment is one of the most common chronic health conditions affecting older adults.* You are not alone in your struggle with hearing loss, and the experts at U.S. Hearing Solutions are here to help you find hearing solutions that make sense for your life. Schedule an appointment at one of our many hearing center locations today to receive a comprehensive and personalized evaluation.
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