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List of Famous Deaf People, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Deafness is a condition which causes an individual to lose their hearing. It can be caused by exposure to noise, illness and physical trauma. There are new technologies that have allowed deaf people to be able to hear, but they are still considered controversial in the deaf community.

Who is the most famous deaf person? Helen Keller tops our list. Helen Keller was born with sight and hearing, but when she was 19 months old she contracted a terrible illness that left her blind and deaf. Anne Sullivan taught Keller to communicate and the two remained close friends and colleagues until Sullivan's death in 1936. Helen Keller became a renowned speaker and author and a pioneer for deaf rights.

Several actors and actresses are also deaf. Marlee Matlin became deaf when she was just 18 months old. She won an Academy Award for her performance in "Children of a Lesser God." Deaf actress Phyllis Frelich won a Tony award for her performance in the play version of "Children of a Lesser God." Other famous deaf people include Thomas Edison, Ludwig van Beethoven and Curtis Pride.

Do you think that being deaf made it difficult for these famous folks to break-in to their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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    Thomas Edison had severe hearing problems due to having scarlet fever when he was young.  He often referred to himself as deaf and he believed that his loss of hearing helped him to be a better scientist.


    Born: 1847
    Birthplace: Northwest Territory, Ohio, Milan, United States of America, Erie County + 1 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Inventor, Scientist + 1 more
    Cause Of Death: Diabetes mellitus
    Place Of Death: West Orange, Essex County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, New Jersey + 2 more
    Date Of Death: 1931
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