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Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss

A list of famous deaf people, as well as notable people with some level of hearing loss. The list includes deaf individuals from without history, some of whom are famous because of moving forward the cause of those with hearing loss, and others who became notable in spite of their disabilities. The list includes a number of significant historical figures, as well as important cultural figures, media personalities and scientists. It also includes those who were born deaf or hard of hearing, as well as those who developed hearing problems later in life. It is designed to be a helpful resource for those wanting more information on deaf or hard of hearing individuals who have achieved great things and made bold strides on behalf of others with similar disabilities.

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    age 25 FWA Motocross Champion

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    age 37 Japanese popular singer and songwriter

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    Bed?ich Smetana Czech composer

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    age 73 American musician and songwriter

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    Died at 79 (1912-1991) British footballer

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    Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw British mathematician and politician

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    age 62 Film score composer and former member of Oingo Boingo

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    age 44 Actress who played the lead role on Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye

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    Died at 75 (1860-1935) American sculptor

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    age 50 Scottish percussionist

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    Ferdinand Berthier Died at 83 (1803-1886) French intellectual, published several articles, first deaf person to receive the French Legion of Honor, founder of world's first deaf organization

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    age 37 American rap artist

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    Died at 82 (1746-1828) Spanish painter

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    Died at 79 (1845-1924) French composer

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    age 89 English bandleader and producer

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    age 29 Miss England 2007 and contestant in Miss World 2007

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    Died at 98 (1905-2003) American competitive swimmer, first woman to swim the English Channel

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    Gideon Moore The first Deaf people to obtain a doctorate degree

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    Died at 64 (1871-1935) American painter

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    Died at 42 (1663-1705) French inventor and physicist

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    age 49 American Actress, acquired unilateral hearing loss

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    Harold MacGrath Died at 61 (1871-1932) American author

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    age 42 First deaf woman to win the title of Miss America

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    Died at 88 (1880-1968) American deaf-blind writer, lecturer, and actor

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    Henrietta Leavitt American astronomer

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    age 72 The first president of Gallaudet University with a profound hearing loss

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    John Brewster Jr. American, itinerant artist of the Federalist Period in America

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    Died at 63 (1927-1990) American popular singer

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    Died at 85 (1915-2000) Australian poet

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    Julia Brace Died at 77 (1807-1884) Early American deaf-blind student at the Hartford School for the Deaf

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    Died at 67 (1860-1927) Founder of the Girl Scouts of America

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    age 34 American basketball player, first deaf person to play in the NBA

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    age 52 Drummer of Metallica

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    Laura Bridgman Died at 60 (1829-1889) American, first deaf-blind student of Dr. Samuel Howe at the Perkins School for the Blind

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    Laurent Clerc Died at 84 (1785-1869) French-American, co-founder of first school for the deaf in America, first deaf teacher of the deaf in America

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    age 70 Actress

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    age 64 American actor and bodybuilder

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    Died at 57 (1770-1827) German composer

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    Died at 83 (1900-1983) Spanish surrealist filmmaker and poet

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    Mandy Harvey age 27 American Jazz singer

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    age 50 First deaf woman to win an Academy Award (Best Actress) for her role in Children of a Lesser God

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    age 39 MMA fighter

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    age 33 Slovenian basketball player, first deaf person to play in the Euroleague

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    Mojo Mathers New Zealand politician

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    Died at 75 (1850-1925) British engineer, mathematician and physicist

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    Oreste Carpi Died at 87 (1921-2008) Italian painter

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    age 58 De'VIA Artist, Sculptor and Educator

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    age 70 British lead guitarist and songwriter

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    Died at 70 (1944-2014) Tony Award winner for her role in the stage production of Children of a Lesser God

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