Superhearoesin the entertainmentindustry
Superhearoes in the entertainment industry
In our “Superhearoes” sequel, we talk about famous people who work and live with a hearing loss and have achieved great career success in their lives. For us at hear.com, these personalities are true Superhearoes because they did not let themselves be stopped or intimidated by hearing loss, yet they thrived to their fullest every day.
In this part of our sequel, we look at the great talents within the entertainment industry. You will be surprised by the many stars in Hollywood and the music scene who experience hearing loss and rely on hearing aids.
From rock stars to actors, these figures have shown that losing your hearing doesn’t mean the end of a glittering career. In fact, it can be motivation to achieve even more and show the world what can be done in adversity. Many of the personalities below don’t promote their hearing issues. They don’t make a big deal out of them because they have found ways to cope. That’s a great lesson for everyone in similar situations! Let’s look at a few heroes in more detail.
Marlee Matlin: Achieving big-screen stardom despite total hearing loss
The entertainment world has its share of famous people living with hearing loss. Sometimes these actors have found fame by playing deaf characters themselves. Marlee Matlin is a classic example, having won an Oscar for her performance in the 1986 movie “Children of a Lesser God.” Matlin has experienced 80 percent hearing loss since a very young age, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her dreams. And it hasn’t stopped casting agents from finding roles for her in TV shows like the “West Wing” or “Desperate Housewives,” either. Also, Matlin is special because she is almost completely deaf. Her roles have generally been people with the same level of hearing loss, and she has never concealed the extent of her deafness. It’s just been part of her life, and it certainly hasn’t stopped her from succeeding.
Dealing with partial deafness in a world where sound really matters
But what about on-screen superhearos who suffer from partial deafness? Imagine being on set and taking instructions from a director, or hearing the lines of co-stars without clearness. Imagine not being able to hear your own volume clearly. You’d think that these stars would wilt and shun the limelight. But countless major actors have bucked the trend. Take Holly Hunter as an example. The star of “The Piano” and “Broadcast News” can only hear in one ear due to a childhood illness. Sometimes, scenes are altered to accommodate her hearing, but for most of them she gets along just fine. The same applies to Halle Berry, who has also experienced deafness in one ear. Since the 1990s, she has lost 80 percent of her hearing, but has still starred in blockbusters like “Die Another Day” and “X-Men.”
Then there’s Whoopi Goldberg. Did you know that she wears a hearing aid? That’s right, the “Sister Act” star relies on her hearing aids to stay focused and alert. In her case, it is due to a lifetime of exposure to loud, live music, and she’s very clear about what to do if you suffer from similar symptoms. As she says, “If you have any hearing loss, make sure you go and get yourself checked out, because if you can stop it, you should.” And that’s advice we can certainly agree with. Alongside Whoopi, Halle and Holly, there are plenty of other superhearoes, from talk show host Stephen Colbert to Lou Ferrigno, the Incredible Hulk. So next time, when you’re switching channels on TV, know there’s a chance that the stars who are entertaining you can relate to your hearing conditions.
Even musicians can successfully handle hearing loss
Unsurprisingly, our list of superhearoes also includes musicians and popstars. After all, being in the music industry will inevitably expose you to loud sounds, day in and day out. Even with noise-dampening headphones, the journey is bound to take its toll on your ears in some way or another. But it definitely didn’t stop them from thriving in a music career. Just to name a few people you’ll probably know, musical superhearoes stretch from Neil Young and Ozzy Osbourne to the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, and Pete Townsend of the Who. Though you could be fooled by his smooth, melodic blues guitar solos, Eric Clapton is another big name on the list, admitting in January 2018 that he has been suffering from progressive hearing loss and tinnitus (but vowing to continue creating music). Genesis star Phil Collins is also part of the superhearoes community. In 2000, he suddenly went deaf due to an infection, but he didn’t give up. Instead, he used the illness as a chance to take stock and slow down. As his hearing improved, he found a way to rebound and relaunch his career. What he didn’t do was give in and walk away.
Use superhearoes as inspiration to beat hearing loss
At some point, hearing loss certainly hit these stars with insecurity or uncertainty. Maybe you can relate to it. However, the point is all of them have found ways to successfully get on with their careers, despite the obstacles. If you want to do the same and thrive to your full potential, get in touch with us at hear.com. We’ll be more than happy to help you find the perfect hearing aid for your lifestyle. Whatever you love to do, you can keep on doing it! Just remember Whoopi’s words: you must first take action.