Celebrities you might not know wear hearing aids

A woman helps a man put on his hearing aid.

Did you know that there are over 48 million Americans with hearing loss?1 It affects people in all professions and income levels—including some well-known entertainers.

Here are 6 celebrities you might not have known wear hearing aids.2

Whoopi Goldberg

The iconic actor, comedian, and host of “The View” is open about her hearing loss, and that she wears 2 hearing aids. She attributes her loss to years of listening to loud music and is an advocate for protecting your hearing. She has collaborated with the Starkey Hearing Foundation®, which provides free hearing aids to people around the world.

Jodie Foster

Although the award-winning actor, writer, and director is private about her personal life, she has said that she’s dealt with hearing loss and has been seen wearing a hearing aid around town.

Steve Martin

Actor, comedian and musician Steve Martin says he first started having hearing problems after being too close to loud gunfire on the set of “Three Amigos” in 1986. Today, Martin wears hearing aids to cope with tinnitus and hearing loss.

Pete Townshend

The iconic rocker and founding member of the band The Who said that years of playing loud music at concerts and in the studio has left him with profound hearing loss. Townshend was a major contributor to the non-profit group Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R)®, which aims to build awareness within the music industry about the dangers of noise exposure.

Huey Lewis

Singer Huey Lewis experienced sudden hearing loss as a result of Meniere’s disease, which is an inner ear disorder that causes hearing loss, vertigo, and ringing in the ears. His hearing got so bad in 2018 that he canceled his concert tour.3 Lewis has been an advocate for hearing aids and has worked on marketing campaigns for a hearing aid brand.

Lou Ferrigno

The star of “The Incredible Hulk” TV show has never let hearing loss defeat him. Ferrigno has had severe hearing loss in both ears since the age of 3, as the result of a childhood illness. He has worn hearing aids ever since and said that learning to read lips helped him communicate better.

These celebrities’ lives have benefited from wearing hearing aids, and yours can too. As a Humana member, you have access to affordable hearing aids through TruHearing®. Depending on your Humana plan, your out-of-pocket costs can be significantly lower when you use your hearing aid benefit, hearing aid allowance, or TruHearing’s discounted hearing aid program. Humana has partnered with TruHearing to create a special phone number for our members to call for more information or to schedule a hearing test. That number is 1-844-353-5940.

Sources:

  1. “How can I tell if I have a hearing loss?” Hearing Loss Association of America, last accessed Sept. 5, 2019, https://www.hearingloss.org/hearing-help/hearing-loss-basics/, opens new window,
  2. “Celebrities with hearing issues,” AARP, last accessed Sept. 5, 2019, https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2014/celebrities-with-hearing-loss-photo.html, opens new window,
  3. “Huey Lewis and the News cancel 2018 shows,” Rolling Stone, last accessed Sept. 5, 2019, https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/huey-lewis-and-the-news-cancel-2018-shows-due-to-singers-hearing-loss-628736/, opens new window