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Notable Deaf People and People with Hearing Loss

Updated June 14, 2019 26.7k views69 items

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
    FWA Motocross Champion
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    Ayumi Hamasaki
    Japanese popular singer and songwriter
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    Bed?ich Smetana

    Czech composer
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    Brian Wilson
    American musician and songwriter
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    Cliff Bastin

    Cliff Bastin

    Dec. at 79 (1912-1991)
    British footballer
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    Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw

    British mathematician and politician
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    Danny Elfman
    Film score composer and former member of Oingo Boingo
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    Deanne Bray
    Actress who played the lead role on Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye
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    Douglas Tilden

    Dec. at 75 (1860-1935)
    American sculptor
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    Evelyn Glennie
    Scottish percussionist
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    Ferdinand Berthier

    Ferdinand Berthier

    Dec. 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

    Foxy Brown

    Age: 42
    American rap artist
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    Francisco Goya

    Francisco Goya

    Dec. at 82 (1746-1828)
    Spanish painter
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    Gabriel Fauré

    Gabriel Fauré

    Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)
    French composer
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    George Martin
    English bandleader and producer
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    Georgia Horsley
    Miss England 2007 and contestant in Miss World 2007
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    Gertrude Ederle

    Gertrude Ederle

    Dec. 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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    Granville Redmond

    Granville Redmond

    Dec. at 64 (1871-1935)
    American painter
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    Guillaume Amontons

    Guillaume Amontons

    Dec. at 42 (1663-1705)
    French inventor and physicist
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    Halle Berry
    American Actress, acquired unilateral hearing loss
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    Harold MacGrath

    Harold MacGrath

    Dec. at 61 (1871-1932)
    American author
  • 23
    Heather Whitestone

    Heather Whitestone

    Age: 47
    First deaf woman to win the title of Miss America
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    Helen Keller

    Helen Keller

    Dec. at 88 (1880-1968)
    American deaf-blind writer, lecturer, and actor
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    Henrietta Leavitt

    American astronomer