Hearing loss is something that can affect anyone... even presidents of the United States! In honor of President's Day, here are some of the presidents that struggled with hearing problems in and out of term.
The 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson, suffered from hearing loss and would document how it affected him.
Fortunately, the 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, didn't suffer any hearing loss while in office. It wasn't until about a year before his death that he lost hearing in his right ear after having an abscess removed.
Ronald Reagan, the 40th president, was actually the first president to wear hearing aids in the White House. During his acting days, a gun was fired too close to his right ear and caused damage. Hearing aids were not so negatively seen after he wore them publicly.
Bill Clinton, the 42nd president, was the second to wear hearing aids in the White House. He began to wear his during his second term. His hearing loss was due to a mixture of old age and exposure to loud music.
Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon all had hearing aids put in after their time in office, allowing them to keep pursuing a life in US politics.
Hearing Loss Affects Everyone
If you are suffering from hearing loss and are feeling alone, know you're not the only one! Some of the most successful and educated people have gone through the same thing. Don't be embarrassed to get the help you need.
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