Famous People Living With Tinnitus

Another #MondayMotivation post for you all.

Often people living with tinnitus feel that they are alone, that because no one else can hear the sounds in their head, they do not suffer from tinnitus at all.
Well, have I got news for you. There are a whole host of famous faces living with tinnitus and below is just a selection of them. On top of that, I have also researched and dug out some songs that reference Tinnitus, either in the body of the song or through the title.

See, I told you – motivation. Look at the glittering careers and lives some of these people have had despite tinnitus and then reassess how you feel about your own tinnitus; I guarantee things will look brighter by the end of this post – just don’t do a Van Gogh please!

Barbara Streisand


The hugely successful singer/songwriter attributes her volatile temperament to the tinnitus she has suffered with since a child.

William Shatner


The Canadian actor/singer/author/producer etc developed tinnitus as a result of standing too close to the speakers whilst on the set of Star Trek.

Leonard Nimoy


The late American actor’s tinnitus was attributed to a loud explosion on the set of Star Trek.

Steve Martin


Funny man Steve developed tinnitus whilst filming a pistol shooting scene in the film “Three Amigos” in 1986.

Ronald Regan


The 40th US President developed tinnitus after a pistol was fired near his ear during a film shoot.

Phil Collins


Singer/Songwriter Phil attributes his tinnitus to years of being behind a drum set.

Ozzy Osborne


The infamous bat eater has permanent hearing loss due to years of playing loud heavy metal music. He describes his tinnitus as a “Whee!” sound in his head and now admits he should have worn earplugs.



The popular Hip Hop artist / former The Voice coach states that he no longer knows what silence sounds like after years of constant tinnitus.

Vincent Van Gogh


It is rumoured that Van Gogh cut off his ear after a particularly bad spell of tinnitus.

Charles Darwin


Naturalist Charles apparently kept a record of the daily amplitude and frequency of his tinnitus.

Chris Martin


The Coldplay singer believes his tinnitus is down to listening to loud music as a teenager and has recently begun to wear earplugs.

Bob Dylan


Singer/Songwriter Bob puts his tinnitus down to playing loud, live music.

Gerard Butler


The hunky actor had ear surgery as a child to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus but still suffers with the condition to this day – don’t worry Gerard, we’re here for you!

Anthony Kiedis


The Red Hot Chilli Pepper lead singer thinks his tinnitus is a result of years of performing with the band.



After years of playing with punk bands in his early career, Moby now suffers from tinnitus and makes sure he wears ear plugs now.

Noel & Liam Gallagher


The Gallagher brothers both suffer with tinnitus as result of performing with their wildly successful band Oasis (and Noel’s High Flying Birds).

Richard Attenborough


The much-loved actor developed tinnitus during his training in the military.

 AND… did you know that a lot of popular songs out there reference tinnitus? Here are a few examples – can you name more?

Show Me The Way

Peter Frampton

“I wonder how you’re feeling

There’s ringing in my ears

And no one to relate to except the sea.”

Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin

“Your head is humming and it won’t go

In case you don’t know.”

Call Letter Blues

Bob Dylan

“My Ears are ringin’

Ringin’ like empty shells

My ears are ringin’

Well, it can’t be no guitar player

It must be convent bells”

Something I can Never Have

Nine Inch Nails

“I still recall the taste of your tears

Echoing your voice just like the ringing in my ears”

The Becoming

Nine Inch Nails

“I can try to scratch away the sound in my ears

I can see it killing away all of my bad parts

I don’t want to listen but its all too clear”

Staring At The Sun


“There’s an insect in your ear

If you scratch it won’t disappear”

Fan Mail


“Thought I was crazy when I’d think of you

And the bells in my ears keep ringing”

I’ve Got All This Ringing In My Ears And None On My Fingers – Fallout Boy

The Last Shot Ringing In My Ears – Snow Patrol

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