Famous Deaf People

Sunday, October 2 by Christy Miller

If you or someone you love is deaf, you will want to learn about some famous deaf people. Some people look at being hearing impaired as a disabled. However, many hearing impaired people live full, successful lives. Being hearing impaired has not stopped these people from living their dreams. Read about the inspiring lives of these famous deaf people.

Marlee Matlin

Talk about being an inspiration! This famous deaf person has done it all. Matlin was named the runner-up on Donald Trump's hit show "The Celebrity Apprentice." She has also been on popular shows such as "Desperate Housewives," "Dancing With the Stars" and "CSI: New York." Besides being an Academy Award-winning actress, she is also an author and producer. Matlin had a huge influence on getting legislation that supported closed captioning passed in Congress.

Anthony Natatle

Natatle is probably best known for his amazing performance in the movie "Mr. Holland's Opus." As soon as he saw "Grease" when he was in school‘ target=’_blank’>high school, he knew that he wanted to be an actor. Besides being on the big screen, he has also appeared in a number of different popular television series including "7th Heaven" and "Ellen." In order to teach ordinary people sign language, he stared in a video called "How to Talk to a Person Who Can't Hear."

Thomas Edison

Our lives would be completely different without this famous inventor. When most people think of Thomas Edison, they think of the light bulb or the phonograph. However, the vote recorder was the first invention he patented. Edison hoped that Congress would love this invention and use it to count their votes. The congressional committee who looked at this invention did not like it, so it was never used. Of course, this did not stop Edison from becoming one of the most famous inventors in history.

Lugwig Van Beethoven

It is almost unbelievable that one of most famous composers in history was deaf. By the time he was 12 this famous deaf person was playing the keyboard at Bonn orchestra. There have been numerous reports that Beethoven's father abused him and made him practice for hours on end in the middle of the night. It in unknown when Beethoven went deaf, but during his autopsy it was discovered that bones in his ear were fused together. These special bones were saved, but their whereabouts are currently unknown.

Heather Whitestone

When this famous deaf person became Ms. America, she made every little girl believe that her fantasies can became reality. Whitehouse got a virus when she was eighteen months old and lost her hearing. Even though she could not hear music, she became an accomplished ballerina. Her parents were told that she would never be able to receive an education past the third grade. However, Whitehouse proved them wrong by graduating at the top of her high school class and going to college.