7 Popular Politicians Who Suffer From Hearing LossÂ Â
Hearing loss is a condition that doesn’t discriminate between ordinary and successful people. There have been several politicians who, like normal citizens, suffered from some type of hearing loss. Here's a list.
1. Theodore Roosevelt
One of the most beloved presidents of all time, Theodore Roosevelt or more commonly known as Teddy Roosevelt, also suffered from hearing loss. The president, known for his toughness and determination, who is also deemed a hero of San Juan Hill, escaped an attempted assassination but couldn’t escape hearing loss. After leaving office, he underwent an abscess surgery which ruptured his eardrum of the left ear.
2. Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton was diagnosed with a high-frequency hearing loss while he was serving the second term as the President of the United States. In 1997, he announced that he is using an in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid to hear well.
The cause of his hearing loss was mostly due to exposure to loud saxophone music, countless political rallies with loud music and the use of hunting rifles.
3. Ronald Reagan
Former Hollywood actor and president of the United States of America for consecutive two terms (1981-1989), Ronald Reagan lost hearing in one ear while he was still an actor. Reagan was shooting for a movie where a .38 gun was fired too close to him, resulting in the loss of hearing in one ear.
He was the first sitting president to wear hearing aids. Reagan was quite open about his hearing loss and used hearing aids for better hearing as well. Reagan’s announcement about using hearing aids was fortuitous for the hearing equipment industry which was hit by a recession due to the stigma on the use of hearing aids.
4. Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the US. He resigned in 1973 when his involvement in the Watergate scandal became popular and when he faced a certain impeachment. Richard Nixon suffered from hearing loss after leaving office.
5. George. H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush, or more commonly known as the senior George Bush to avoid confusion with his son, served as the 41st President and 43rd Vice President of the United States of America.
Senior George Bush also has an age-related hearing loss which is also said to have been caused by exposure to loud noises of gunfire during the World War II and hunting. He wears a hearing aid and is often involved in several humanitarian projects.
6. Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover, who served as the 31st president of the United States of America, experienced age-related hearing loss. Herbert Hoover became hard-of-hearing later in life. Also, reporters claim that they had to shout in order to help Hoover understand their questions. He also used hearing aids to hear well.
7. Jimmy Carter
Another famous president, Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of United States of America, also suffers from an age-related hearing loss. Carter was also awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work with Carter Center.
Hearing loss is often viewed as an invisible, silent condition, because many people do not realize a person is suffering from it. As long as you take the proper steps to receive treatment for your hearing loss, your quality of life, overall health and career will not be impacted.