For those who love music, whether it be creating the music or listening to it, many of them have concerns that their hearing loss will interfere with their enjoyment in music. But there have been hearing aid heroes who have overcome hearing loss and set a positive example for hearing loss-afflicted music lovers.
Hearing Aid Heroes Past And Present
Some of our favorite past hearing aid heroes were trailblazing musicians who have influenced many other modern musicians. Just a couple of these heroes are:
- Ludwig van Beethoven – You may have known that Beethoven started to lose his hearing at 26 years old, but did you know that he used hearing aids? Beethoven used an ear horn to help manage his hearing loss. Luckily for us modern folk, we have more effective and comfortable hearing aids!
- Johnnie Ray – Cited as one of the major influences that developed rock and roll, Ray was a pianist, singer, and songwriter. He became deaf in one ear at 13 years old but still managed to pursue a successful career with his talent and drive, performing while wearing hearing aids.
Thanks to these hearing aid heroes and other tenacious musicians, there are many modern musicians who struggle with hearing loss who have continued to create music.
- Roger Taylor – Drummer for the band Queen, Roger Taylor was not too surprised that years of drumming caught up with him. But as he expressed in an interview “Hearing loss has not affected my vocal range. I can still pitch perfectly, but without the hearing aids, I don’t hear the intricate high parts of the actual spectrum. It goes all ‘wooferly’.” To combat this problem, Roger makes sure he has his hearing aids in so he can keep making the music he loves.
- Phil Collins – Lead singer of the band Genesis and creator of the popular Tarzan soundtrack for the Disney movie, Phil had been driven into retirement by his hearing loss struggles. But he has rallied and has returned to his solo artist career.
- William James Adams Jr. – Better known as Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, this talented musician suffers from severe tinnitus symptoms, likely from prolonged exposure to loud music. He hasn’t let it stop him from making music that millions enjoy!
Don’t Let Hearing Aids Keep You From Music
With the advancements in hearing aid technology, you can stay connected to music in ways that would have been unbelievable just 15 years earlier. Many of the hearing aids we carry at Hearing Associates can help control tinnitus symptoms, and all the hearing aids can be tuned to your personal needs. There are also plenty which will wirelessly sync with your media devices so you can listen to your music and other media with a high level of clarity!
So, if you are ready to follow the examples of these determined, hearing-impaired musicians, contact us today so we can help you find the right hearing aids to manage your hearing loss.