Celebrities With Hearing Loss

Halle Berry
Halle Berry

Halle Berry

A victim of domestic violence some 20 years ago, Oscar winner Halle Berry lost 80 percent of her hearing in her left ear when an abusive boyfriend struck her repeatedly. She often speaks about her hearing loss to raise awareness and help other women break the cycle of violence.




Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

Foster is notoriously circumspect about all areas of her personal life, but she confessed to a Chicago Tribune reporter that she’s not very good about taking care of her own health needs, especially “this hearing-loss thing” and her mysterious attacks of vertigo. She has been spotted wearing a hearing aid.


Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Undiagnosed mumps when he was a baby left Lowe totally deaf in his right ear. Lowe told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Really loud restaurants drive me ballistic,I live in a mono world. I wish I could [hear in] stereo. But other than that, I don’t think about my hearing loss.


Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

The political satirist and Emmy-winning talk show host was in elementary school when doctors discovered a tumor in his right ear. In order to safely remove it, they also had to remove Colbert’s eardrum, leaving him deaf in that ear.




Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

In 2001, Limbaugh announced that he was virtually deaf. At the time, he said doctors had diagnosed autoimmune inner-ear disease, a rare condition. But according to CBS News and other news sources, his use of opioid painkillers may have contributed to his hearing loss. With two cochlear implants, he’s regained some hearing.


Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

The iconic songwriter and guitarist of the Who attributes his hearing loss and tinnitus to years of mega-decibel rock concerts and practice sessions, along with long-term use of headphones. Not helping matters any was Townshend’s bandmate Keith Moon, who’d use explosives to blow up his drum set — including a particularly powerful and deafening blast at the end of a 1967 appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.


Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Best known for her role on the hit TV show Glee, Lynch didn’t realize she was deaf in her right ear — probably from a high fever when she was a baby — until she was 7 years old.

My brother was switching his transistor radio from one ear to the other,

she explained in her 2011 memoir, Happy Accidents. I said,

You can’t do that. You can only hear out of one ear. He said, No, I can hear out of both!


Robert Redford
Robert Redford

Robert Redford

Redford, 78, insisted on performing his own stunts while filming his critically acclaimed 2013 movie, All Is Lost. Playing a solo sailor stranded in the Indian Ocean, he was submerged in a massive water tank day after day and pelted with water from an off-camera hose. The result: a severe ear infection that permanently robbed him of 60 percent of his hearing in his left ear.


Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter

A childhood bout with mumps left Hunter deaf in her left ear. But this Academy Award winner known for her edgy roles and acute attention to detail told CNN that her disability has been a boon to her career.

I’ve had to listen so intently to what people are saying,

she said — and she transfers that attention to detail to her roles


Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner

Playboy entrepreneur Hugh Hefner's twin girlfirends Karissa and Kristina Shannon told to UK's leading newspaper that Hugh Hefner' is nearly deaf due to viagra usage. According to one of the twin Karissa:

You have to lean down and talk into his good ear for him to understand you… We could sit right next to him and he wouldn’t have a clue what we said.

Read the full story on his deafness here.