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


Thomas EdisonThomas Edison
(Inventor, Businessman)

11 February 1847


Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
(Musician, Singer)

20 June 1942


Paul StanleyPaul Stanley
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Painter)

20 January 1952


Pete TownshendPete Townshend
(Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer)

19 May 1945


Sean BerdySean Berdy

03 June 1993


Lars UlrichLars Ulrich

26 December 1963


Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh
(Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former Television Host)

12 January 1951


George MartinGeorge Martin
(Record Producer, Musician, Composer)

03 January 1926


Gabriel FauréGabriel Fauré
(French Composer & Pianist)

12 May 1845


Virginia SatirVirginia Satir
(American author)

26 June 1916


John CornforthJohn Cornforth
(Nobel Prize Winner Chemist)

07 September 1917


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Slava RaskajSlava Raškaj

02 January 1877


Bedrich SmetanaBedrich Smetana

02 March 1824


Ryan AdamsRyan Adams
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter)

05 November 1974


Ayumi HamasakiAyumi Hamasaki
(Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer)

02 October 1978


Matt HamillMatt Hamill
(Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist)

05 October 1976


Evelyn GlennieEvelyn Glennie
(Composer, Percussionist)

19 July 1965


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David WrightDavid Wright
(Baseball player)

20 December 1982


Foxy BrownFoxy Brown
(Musician, Rapper, Singer)

06 September 1979