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Famous People with Tinnitus 

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Hear a ringing in your ears? The celebrities on this list of famous people with tinnitus (which is loosely ranked by fame and popularity) sure do! Tinnitus is a condition that affects an individual's hearing so that they hear a constant ringing noise, humming or hissing. Tinnitus develops as a result of many causes including infections, stress, and allergies, but the most common cause is exposure to loud noise. No wonder there are so many rock stars and musicians with tinnitus on this list, in addition to the other celeb tinnitus sufferers!

Who is the most famous person with tinnitus? Former President Ronald Reagan tops our list. Reagan developed tinnitus while filming a movie. A blank gun was fired inches from his ear and permanently damaged his hearing. In the 80s, Reagan wore a hearing aid to help with the condition. Other actors with tinnitus as a result of being on set include William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Steve Martin.

Tons of famous musicians have developed tinnitus as a result of playing with loud bands. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that he knew he had tinnitus when he woke up in the middle of the night to turn off a loud TV. As he reached for the remote, he realized that the television wasn't actually on and the noise was coming from his own ears. Other musicians that have tinnitus include The Who's Pete Townshend, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, and Eric Clapton.

Are you surprised to learn about any of these celebrities with tinnitus? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People with Tinnitus
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Bob Dylan developed tinnitus after years of playing loud, live music.

Age: 74

Birthplace: USA, Minnesota, Duluth

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People with Tinnitus
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It has been reported that tinnitus was a daily aggravation for evolutionist Charles Darwin.

Age: Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)

Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People with Tinnitus
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Gerard Butler had ear surgery to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus when he was a child, but he still has ringing in his ear to this day.

Age: 49

Birthplace: Paisley, United Kingdom

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People with Tinnitus
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Ozzy Osbourne on his tinnitus: "I suffer from permanent tinnitus . . . which means I've got this constant ringing in my ears, which has also made me somewhat deaf (or 'conveniently deaf,' as Sharon calls it). It's like this Whee! noise in my head all the time. Should have worn earplugs, I guess."

Age: 70

Birthplace: Aston, United Kingdom

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