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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. Over the centuries, there have been many, many important deaf people. There have even been deaf celebrities.

This list includes a number of significant historical figures, as well as important cultural figures, media personalities, scientists, and famous deaf singers. It also includes those who were born deaf or hard of hearing, as well as those who developed hearing problems later in life. This list showcases famous people that are deaf or hearing impaired. 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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Ashley Fiolek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Ashley Fiolek age 25 - FWA Motocross Champion

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Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Ayumi Hamasaki age 38 - Japanese popular singer and songwriter

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Bed?ich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Bed?ich Smetana Czech composer

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Brian Wilson age 74 - American musician and songwriter

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Cliff Bastin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Cliff Bastin Died at 79 (1912-1991) - British footballer

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Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw British mathematician and politician

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Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Danny Elfman age 63 - Film score composer and former member of Oingo Boingo

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Deanne Bray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Deanne Bray age 45 - Actress who played the lead role on Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye

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Douglas Tilden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Douglas Tilden Died at 75 (1860-1935) - American sculptor

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Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Evelyn Glennie age 51 - Scottish percussionist

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Ferdinand Berthier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
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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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Foxy Brown age 38 - American rap artist

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Francisco Goya is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Francisco Goya Died at 82 (1746-1828) - Spanish painter

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Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Gabriel Fauré Died at 79 (1845-1924) - French composer

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George Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
George Martin age 91 - English bandleader and producer

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Georgia Horsley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Georgia Horsley age 30 - Miss England 2007 and contestant in Miss World 2007

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Gertrude Ederle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Gertrude Ederle Died at 98 (1905-2003) - American competitive swimmer, first woman to swim the English Channel

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Gideon Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Gideon Moore The first Deaf people to obtain a doctorate degree

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Granville Redmond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Granville Redmond Died at 64 (1871-1935) - American painter

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Guillaume Amontons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Guillaume Amontons Died at 42 (1663-1705) - French inventor and physicist

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Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Halle Berry age 50 - American Actress, acquired unilateral hearing loss

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Harold MacGrath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Harold MacGrath Died at 61 (1871-1932) - American author

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Heather Whitestone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Heather Whitestone age 42 - First deaf woman to win the title of Miss America

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Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Helen Keller Died at 88 (1880-1968) - American deaf-blind writer, lecturer, and actor

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Henrietta Leavitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Henrietta Leavitt American astronomer

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I. King Jordan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
I. King Jordan age 73 - The first president of Gallaudet University with a profound hearing loss

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John Brewster Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
John Brewster Jr. American, itinerant artist of the Federalist Period in America

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Johnnie Ray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Johnnie Ray Died at 63 (1927-1990) - American popular singer

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Judith Wright is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Judith Wright Died at 85 (1915-2000) - Australian poet

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Julia Brace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Julia Brace Died at 77 (1807-1884) - Early American deaf-blind student at the Hartford School for the Deaf

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Juliette Gordon Low is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Juliette Gordon Low Died at 67 (1860-1927) - Founder of the Girl Scouts of America

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Kyo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Kyo age 41

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Lance Allred is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Lance Allred age 34 - American basketball player, first deaf person to play in the NBA

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Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Lars Ulrich age 53 - Drummer of Metallica

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Laura Bridgman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
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 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
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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Linda Bove is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Linda Bove age 71 - Actress

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Lou Ferrigno is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Lou Ferrigno age 65 - American actor and bodybuilder

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827) - German composer

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Luis Buñuel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Luis Buñuel Died at 83 (1900-1983) - Spanish surrealist filmmaker and poet

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Mandy Harvey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Mandy Harvey age 29 - American Jazz singer

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Marlee Matlin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Marlee Matlin age 51 - First deaf woman to win an Academy Award (Best Actress) for her role in Children of a Lesser God

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Matt Hamill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Matt Hamill age 39 - MMA fighter

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Miha Zupan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Miha Zupan age 33 - Slovenian basketball player, first deaf person to play in the Euroleague

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Mojo Mathers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Mojo Mathers New Zealand politician

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Oliver Heaviside is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Oliver Heaviside Died at 75 (1850-1925) - British engineer, mathematician and physicist

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Oreste Carpi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Oreste Carpi Died at 87 (1921-2008) - Italian painter

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Paul Johnston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Paul Johnston age 58 - De'VIA Artist, Sculptor and Educator

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Pete Townshend age 71 - British lead guitarist and songwriter

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Phyllis Frelich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss
Phyllis Frelich Died at 70 (1944-2014) - Tony Award winner for her role in the stage production of Children of a Lesser God