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8 Notable African Americans With Hearing Loss

With an estimated one in five Americans directly touched by hearing loss — a common chronic condition that spans race, gender, age, and socioeconomic status — some icons in pop culture and beyond have experienced this challenge in their own lives.

As the nation celebrates Black History Month this February, take a look at these eight African American notables who triumphed over hearing impairment to bring their dreams to life.

Whoopi Goldberg

Oscar-winning actress, comedienne, activist, writer, and The View moderator Goldberg cites longtime exposure to loud music for her hearing loss, according to published reports. The Sister Act and Ghost icon, who has collaborated with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, wears hearing aids and has advised others to take care of their hearing health.

Derrick Coleman

As the NFL’s first legally deaf offensive player, Falcons fullback Coleman began …

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