When Nyle DiMarco said ‘I think the biggest misconception is that people think deaf people are not able to do things’, she couldn’t have been more correct in her observation. Did you know that some of the greatest men/women on earth whom we know or revere today were actually partially or completely deaf in their lifetime? They had the courage to rise above their limitation and become iconic figures that the world would take pride in. If you have a nick of doubt about it, read this. American history would have been miser had there been no Thomas Alva Edison or Helen Keller in it! The most celebrated American inventor and businessman who is best known for inventing the first practical electric light bulb and phonograph, Edison was actually deaf from his childhood. Helen Keller was not just deaf but blind too. But she highly determined that she was, she went on to become the first deaf-blind person to gain a Bachelor degree in Arts. German music wouldn’t have had its share of greatness without the eminent pianist and classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven. But did you know that Beethoven suffered from hearing impairment? And these are just a handful of the many more legendary figures from history who were actually deaf. Check out the list of famous deaf people who made it big in life.
Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770, Austrian, German
Composer
Thomas EdisonThomas Edison
11 February 1847, American
Inventor, Businessman

Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
20 June 1942, American
Musician, Singer

Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh
12 January 1951, American
Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former

Pete TownshendPete Townshend
19 May 1945, British
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer

Lars UlrichLars Ulrich
26 December 1963, Danish
Drummer
Paul StanleyPaul Stanley
20 January 1952, American
Singer-songwriter

George MartinGeorge Martin
03 January 1926, British
Record Producer, Musician, Composer

Sean BerdySean Berdy
03 June 1993, American
Actor
Gabriel FauréGabriel Fauré
12 May 1845, French
French Composer & Pianist

Virginia SatirVirginia Satir
26 June 1916, American
American author
John CornforthJohn Cornforth
07 September 1917, Australian, British
Nobel Prize Winner Chemist

Slava RaskajSlava Raškaj
02 January 1877, Croatian
Painter

Bedrich SmetanaBedrich Smetana
02 March 1824, Austrian, Czech
Composer

Ryan AdamsRyan Adams
05 November 1974, American
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Musician,

Matt HamillMatt Hamill
05 October 1976, American
Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Ayumi HamasakiAyumi Hamasaki
02 October 1978, Japanese
Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor,

Evelyn GlennieEvelyn Glennie
19 July 1965, British
Composer, Percussionist

Maarten StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg
22 September 1982, Dutch
Football player

David WrightDavid Wright
20 December 1982, American
Baseball player
Laura BridgmanLaura Bridgman
21 December 1829, American
Educator

Fanny Blankers-KoenFanny Blankers-Koen
26 April 1918, Netherlands Antilles, Dutch
Athlete
Foxy BrownFoxy Brown
06 September 1979, American
Musician, Rapper, Singer

Frederick Augustus Porter BarnardFrederick Augustus Porter Barnard
05 May 1809, American
Scientist

Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount MalvernGodfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern
06 July 1883, British, Zimbabwean
Politician
Arthur HinsleyArthur Hinsley
25 August 1865, British
Archbishop

Jack ClemoJack Clemo
11 March 1916, British
Poet
Anders Gustav EkebergAnders Gustav Ekeberg
16 January 1767, Swedish
Chemist

Charles Joseph KickhamCharles Joseph Kickham
09 May 1828, Irish
Revolutionary

Ivan Karlovich ArnoldIvan Karlovich Arnold
1805 AD, Russian
Artist