Like the one in seven Australians living with hearing loss1, there are many famous musicians, actors and celebrities also living with some form of auditory deprivation.
This list of famous figures happens to date back hundreds of years, with some of history's biggest achievers and innovators having been found to live with hearing loss too.
Here are some of the most recognisable.
1. Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven is one of Germany's most famous composers and pianists and was behind some of the world's most recognisable compositions such as Symphony No.9 and Für Elise. Although one of the greatest musicians of history, Beethoven's career wasn't without its challenges.
Before he began to lose his hearing, Beethoven used a higher range of notes in his pieces, whereas when his hearing began to deteriorate, he used lower notes that he could hear more clearly. Beethoven also took advantage of bone conduction. By attaching a rod to his piano and clenching his teeth, he was able to receive a perception of sound when vibrations passed from the piano to his jaw.
2. Thomas Edison
The light bulb, phonograph and autographic printer are just three of many life-changing inventions that we're able to enjoy in the modern day. The man behind these incredible creations? Thomas Edison, of course!
However, you may not know that the American businessman and inventor also happened to be hard of hearing. Edison's hearing impairment didn't impede his prosperous career, instead, it's been said that his condition actually helped his thought process as he dealt with less distraction! Just think what he could have done with the help of hearing aids!
Edison's hearing impairment didn't impede his prosperous career.
3. Helen Keller
Helen Keller is one of history's most famous authors, activists and lecturers, who became the first deafblind person to achieve a Bachelor of Arts. Her work for the 'underdog' and helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate didn't go unnoticed either. In 1920, Keller helped found the American Civil Liberties Union and in 1924, worked with the American Foundation for the Blind for 40 years2 – incredible achievements for someone with both an auditory and visual deprivation!
These three figures demonstrate how a hearing impairment should never get in the way of achieving greatness. If you're ready to see how a hearing aid could help you, give AudioClinic a call today on 1800 940 984 or click here to book your hearing assessment at no cost*.
1 Deloitte Access Economics, THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC COST OF HEARING LOSS IN AUSTRALIA. Accessed January 2018
2American Foundation for the Blind, Helen Keller Biography. Accessed January 2018