A top comedian, writer, producer, and musician Steve is a celebrity that has seen it all, scooping big awards such as Emmy, Grammy and American Comedy Awards. He’s regarded as a top stand-up comedian.
Steve acquired tinnitus while shooting Three Amigos in a pistol shooting scene back in 1986. When asked how he has been dealing with the condition so far, he blatantly replies, “You just get used to it. Or you go insane.”
Also known as Peter Dennis Blandford is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist but perhaps we know him for his guitarist role in the rock group “the Who”. Pete suffers from partial deafness and tinnitus believed to be the consequence of noise-induced hearing loss from his extensive exposure to loud music. The problem could have started when he attended the concert at Charlton FC in London (The loudest concert ever, according to the Guinness Book of Records).
After performing at half-time during the Super Bowl XLIV Townshend, in an interview with Rolling Stone, said that he was concerned that his tinnitus had grown so bad he could be forced to stop performing with the Who altogether. He said “If my hearing is going to be a problem, we’re not delaying shows. We’re finished. I can’t really see any way around the issue.”
Neil Young (later in this very list) introduced him to an audiologist who prescribed the use of an ear monitor. The Who’s spring touring schedule was cancelled in 2010 due to this problem but Townshend performed using the ear monitor device at one final concert in London just to ascertain if he could continue performing with the group.
Townshend seems to be doing okay managing the condition as he wrote in his blog in 2011 that his hearing was gradually getting better because he was taking good care of it and that he had help from engineers to reduce the effect of loud noise in his studio.
During an interview with Rolling Stone this is what Jeff says, “Yes, it’s in my left ear. It’s excruciating… I mean, it’s the worst thing ’cause it’s not… It never… It does go away – it’s not true to say that it doesn’t but, uhh… It doesn’t… The doctors say it won’t… It isn’t actually going away – you’ve just gotta suppress…
They try to come to terms with what it actually… Why some people fear it – that’s the psychology behind it. They know it’s there but why is it such a horrible sound? Well, you can say why a guy is scratching at a window with his nails such a horrible sound – I couldn’t put up with that! This is worse!”
In 1993 Jeff had to cancel a guest appearance with the Guns ‘n’ Roses because his tinnitus had gotten so bad.
Gerard James Butler has been in the acting scene for a lengthy period of time now. The Scottish actor is known for his appearance in Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider.
It was during the shooting of the movie that he discovered his right ear was not the same size as his left ear. Turns out he had developed tinnitus as a ten-year-old and had surgery done to reduce the effects of the condition.
To date Butler has partial deafness to his right ear but he has been okay dealing with it.
John Alec Entwistle was an English musician, songwriter, singer, and film producer. He was the bass guitarist for the Who. His life ended abruptly in 2002.
Andy Neil a Who scholar says that Entwistle was pretty deaf and tended to rely on lip-reading. Though he was suffering from tinnitus, Entwistle continued playing his bass guitar for the Who.
The Japanese sensation has done it all herself. She writes her own music, acts the best way she knows how and this has led her to be the most celebrated celebrity from Asia.
Hamasaki announced in her blog in 2008 that she had experienced complete deafness in her left which she thought could have been tinnitus or Ménière’s disease.
She admitted in a BBC interview that she had been diagnosed with the condition in 2006 and the problem had first surfaced in 2000. The singer and entertainer has however vowed that she will continue what she was created for and does not wish to let down her fans down because of this condition.
Neil Percival Young is a Canadian musician who kick started his music carrier way back in the 60’s. He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and is one of the musicians who have suffered with tinnitus and hearing loss.
Young turned towards softer, gentler music in the ‘90s due to his continued suffering from tinnitus. He attributes the problem to the live album “Weld” which he recorded with his early band Crazy Horse.
The Canadian American actor and television host has been famous in the land but is also a victim of tinnitus.
Alex first talked about his condition in a contestant interview with an audiologist in a Jeopardy episode first aired in 2010.
A name virtually synonymous with loudness, Ozzy currently holds a Guinness world record for the longest crowd scream which lasted for one minute and eight seconds and registered at over 105 decibels.
It’s therefore not surprising that Ozzy suffers from tinnitus, however what is surprising is that the condition is of slight nature and appears not to bother the musician. Ozzy says, “I suffer from permanent tinnitus because of all the head-banging I’ve done, which means I’ve got this constant ringing in my ears, which has also made me somewhat deaf (or “conveniently deaf”, as his wife Sharon refers to it).
It’s like this WHEEEE!! noise in my head all the time. Should have worn earplugs, I guess. I still head-bang, mind you.”
Eric Patrick Clapton, an English singer-songwriter and guitarist best known as an original member of Cream. He claims that his early days of performance are responsible for the tinnitus he now suffers.
In one interview he says,” I probably had two 100-watt stacks at the height of things and I would turn one on for guitar solos,” he says. “It was just mad!” He also says, “My hearing isn’t ruined but if I stop and listen, I’ve got whistling all the time, which I suppose is mild tinnitus.”
Rush Hudson Limbaugh is an American radio talk show host, entertainer, writer and a conservative political commentator. His show on WABC is the most listened to in the country.
Limbaugh announced in 2001 that he was totally deaf (suffering from tinnitus). “I cannot hear television. I cannot hear music. I am, for all practical purposes, deaf – and it’s happened in three months.” (“Limbaugh Losing his Hearing”, CBS NEWS, October, 8, 2001).
In December 2001, Rush received back a measure of his hearing through a cochlear implant surgery which was done by doctors at the House Ear Clinic in LA. He later announced that his hearing had improved greatly.
Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins is a rock music sensation who is well known for his participation in the rock band Genesis and as a multi-instrumentalist and actor.
In March 2011, Phil had to call it quits on his musical carrier after suffering hearing loss. According to an article published by Healthyhearing.com on March 16th 2011, Phil basically acquired this condition that ruined his musical carrier due to the loud concerts he performed early in his carrier.
It is also reported that Phil had to rely heavily on hearing aids with doctors predicting a next to impossible career resuscitation.
Star Trek can be said to be both a blessing and a curse to Shatner as it put him on the map but also ruined his hearing.
An on-set accident is believed to have caused Tinnitus in both William Shatner and his friend Leonard Nimoy.
Shatner is heavily involved in the American Tinnitus Association and is a very vocal representative of those who suffer from Tinnitus.
William Adams is a rapper, DJ, entrepreneur, and the leader of the music group The Black Eyed Peas. He has received several awards including seven Grammy awards, eight American Music awards and many more.
In an interview with the British tabloid, The Sun, Will.i.am admits he suffers from tinnitus. He says he “doesn’t know what silence sounds like anymore”, because tinnitus causes him to have a constant ringing in his ears.
Christopher Antony Johns is a song-writer and a lead vocalist of the music group Coldplay. Chris has been suffering with tinnitus for over a decade and attributes his current trouble to his teenage lifestyle that involved listening to loud music.
He admits though that the constant ringing in his ears and headaches have ceased since he started using ear plugs to protect his ears. According to UK’s Daily Mail, the singer says, ‘Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don’t think about until there’s a problem. ‘I’ve had tinnitus for about ten years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn’t got any worse. ‘But I wish I’d thought about it earlier.
Now he always use moulded filter plugs, ‘You can use industrial headphones’, Martin says, ‘but that looks strange at a party.’
Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven developed tinnitus in 1796 which made it hard for him to even hear music he also avoided conversations. The real cause of Beethoven’s tinnitus was not know but it was somehow attributed to typhus, auto-immune disorders and his habit of immersing his head in water in order to stay awake.
Beethoven communicated his condition’s difficulties to his friends and was advised by his doctor to stay in Vienna. He used hearing aids such as ear horns and some of them have been placed in a museum in Germany.
The United States of America’s 40th president suffered from tinnitus, which he developed during the shooting of a movie when a pistol was fired too near his ear
Early in his presidency, Reagan had tinnitus in his right ear with the condition getting the better of him, affecting his left ear as well.
To counter the condition the president used a custom, technologically advanced hearing aid.
A music legend from the ‘60s, Roger Miller was known for his unique way of composing songs.
However, this great musician developed tinnitus from years of playing loud music without ear protection. He was never known to treat the condition but there’s evidence that he later adopted the use of headphones in an effort to reduce the noise.
Gallagher recently owned up to having developed tinnitus as a result of playing very loud music previously with Oasis and with his current band but, unlike many, he doesn’t think of T as an affliction.
He’s quoted in one sound bite saying, “Without a doubt I have tinnitus. You’re not a proper rock’n’roll star if you don’t. I learned to live with it a long time ago. I put up with it – I just talk really loudly over it. I’m proud of it…”
Rock stars are no strangers to Tinnitus, and the frontman of rock supergroup The Red Hot Chili Peppers is no exception.
Keidis described his Tinnitus in his 2004 biography, Scar Tissue;
“The next show was in Del Mar, a town just north of San Diego. We played a giant airplane hangar of a room, and once again Nirvana went out and destroyed with their set, and the kids went insane. It was so packed in there by the time we came onstage that steam had risen off the audience and formed a discernible cloud. We played better that night. There was less pressure, for one, and John felt like rocking a bit more. Maybe Nirvana was pushing him. That night was the beginning of my ongoing battle with tinnitus. Chad and I both came offstage and hugged backstage and realized that our ears were perceptibly ringing. By the end of that tour, I’d have permanent ear damage, which, unfortunately, is one of the hardest things to cure.”