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

Lars UlrichLars Ulrich
26 December 1963, Danish
Drummer

Pete TownshendPete Townshend
19 May 1945, British
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Paul StanleyPaul Stanley
20 January 1952, American
Singer-songwriter

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

Gabriel FauréGabriel Fauré
12 May 1845, French
French Composer & Pianist
Bedrich SmetanaBedrich Smetana
02 March 1824, Austrian, Czech
Composer

Sean BerdySean Berdy
03 June 1993, American
Actor
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

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

Foxy BrownFoxy Brown
06 September 1979, American
Musician, Rapper, Singer
Matt HamillMatt Hamill
05 October 1976, American
Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist

Maarten StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg
22 September 1982, Dutch
Football player

Ayumi HamasakiAyumi Hamasaki
02 October 1978, Japanese
Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor,

Tamika CatchingsTamika Catchings
21 July 1979, American
Basketball player
Evelyn GlennieEvelyn Glennie
19 July 1965, British
Composer, Percussionist

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

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

Jack ClemoJack Clemo
11 March 1916, British
Poet
Charles Joseph KickhamCharles Joseph Kickham
09 May 1828, Irish
Revolutionary

Sonu Anand SharmaSonu Anand Sharma
08 March 1975, Indian
Badminton player

Kathleen OllerenshawKathleen Ollerenshaw
01 October 1912, British
Mathematician
Arthur HinsleyArthur Hinsley
25 August 1865, British
Archbishop

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Elena YakovishinaElena Yakovishina
17 September 1992, Russian
Alpine skier
Petrona VieraPetrona Viera
24 March 1895, Uruguayan
Painter

Anders Gustav EkebergAnders Gustav Ekeberg
16 January 1767, Swedish
Chemist

Ildikó Újlaky-RejtőIldikó Újlaky-Rejtő
11 May 1937, Hungarian
Fencer

Andrea FerrellAndrea Ferrell
American
Actor
Ivan Karlovich ArnoldIvan Karlovich Arnold
1805 AD, Russian
Artist