List of famous deaf people who made it big in life. Check out their biographies and interesting facts and trivia related to them.

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.
Thomas EdisonThomas Edison
(Inventor, Businessman)

11 February 1847

American

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
(Composer)

16 December 1770

German

Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
(Musician, Singer)

20 June 1942

American

Lars UlrichLars Ulrich
(Drummer)

26 December 1963

Danish

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

19 May 1945

British

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

12 January 1951

American

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

20 January 1952

American

George MartinGeorge Martin
(Record Producer, Musician, Composer)

03 January 1926

British

Sean BerdySean Berdy
(Actor)

03 June 1993

American

Gabriel FauréGabriel Fauré
(French Composer & Pianist)

12 May 1845

French

Virginia SatirVirginia Satir
(American author)

26 June 1916

American

John CornforthJohn Cornforth
(Nobel Prize Winner Chemist)

07 September 1917

Australian,British

Bedrich SmetanaBedrich Smetana
(Composer)

02 March 1824

Czech

Slava RaskajSlava Raškaj
(Painter)

02 January 1877

Croatian

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

05 November 1974

American

Danny ElfmanDanny Elfman
(Singer, Composer, Actor, Musician, Record producer, Film score composer)

29 May 1953

American

David WrightDavid Wright
(Baseball player)

20 December 1982

American

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

02 October 1978

Japanese

Evelyn GlennieEvelyn Glennie
(Composer, Percussionist)

19 July 1965

British

Matt HamillMatt Hamill
(Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist)

05 October 1976

American

Foxy BrownFoxy Brown
(Musician, Rapper, Singer)

06 September 1979

American