Some Famous people with Tinnitus

Hello Everyone

Today I thought I’d make one of my entries onto this site a little bit different. I choose to talk about some celebrities or famous people with tinnitus.Famous people with Tinnitus

I would like to think that in some way or the other we are influenced, impacted or inspired by popular names either in history or in the entertainment industry.

It is for this very reason that I chose this topic. To show you that you are not alone and that no matter who you are, big or small, famous or not, tinnitus can affect you.

It is interesting to see how these people have coped with tinnitus. This is another reason to give you all hope that  something can always be done.

Before I get into the core of the subject, I would briefly like to recap to some of our new readers what tinnitus is and the relative causes that  may be associated with it. I will also quickly give a rundown of my background and my experience with living with tinnitus.

If you like, you can skip to the section and go on to read about the famous people with tinnitus.

Tinnitus, a quick overview

As I mentioned in my previous articles, Tinnitus affects around 10-15 percent of the population. It is often characterized by ringing, buzzing, whishing noises in the ear and is classified as a symptom rather than an actual condition or disease.

What causes Tinnitus?

There are a number of things that can cause tinnitus.Things like, exposure to loud noise, diseases such as Meniere’s Disease, injuries or blows to the head.

I have written an article about sinus infections as well, that can be a potential cause of tinnitus.

TMJ or Temporanmandubular Joint and certain foods that certainly aggravate tinnitus.

About Me

As I had mentioned in my About Page, I am a tinnitus sufferer. I am a pharmacist by profession and I am also completely deaf in my right ear.

So you can very well imagine, that having only the one ear to rely upon along with the added tinnitus, makes life a wee bit of a challenge.

So from a professional point of view is it imperative that I am on top of my game all the time in the pharmacy.

Mistakes are definitely a luxury that I can’t afford. Or else, you guessed it….

So I started searching for answers.

Birth of this Site

Over the past two to two and a half years, I started looking at different treatment options, lifestyle modifications including dietary changes and relaxation techniques.

You see, I also had the opportunity to speak with, and understand other tinnitus sufferers who needed help as they walked through the front door.

Different Strokes for different folks.

Amazingly, though we all were in the same boat, we all had to find our own way.The reason for this is that we responded differently to the same treatment or techniques.

So I don’t think there is a clear cut answer to treating tinnitus. At least not as yet.

An example would be caffeine intake. There are tons of blogs and articles advising people with tinnitus to stay away from caffeine.

I decided to challenge this idea and test it. So I drank coffee, a cup a day for an entire month!

The Result : I found caffeine intake to have no effect on worsening my tinnitus. On the flip side other tinnitus sufferers find that caffeine is a definite no-go for them.

So you see, it’s about trial and error. Testing something and see what works and what doesn’t for you. This is the fundamental purpose of this website.

To give you various options, treatment plans, latest tinnitus news, and most importantly support and hope with your battle with tinnitus.


Now you know that you can find information and help here, lets see how some famous people with tinnitus rise to the challenge. Maybe we might learn something extra. Below is my personal 5 famous people with tinnitus.

They inspire me and motivate me to move on. I hope they do the same for you.

As the age old saying goes, ” Its never ever too late to learn new things.”

 Famous people with Tinnitus

  1. Famous People with Tinnitus

First up we have, an accomplished artist, writer, composer and producer. With numerous nominations and some Grammy awards to his name, this “Black eyed Peas,” member says that he ” does not know what silence sounds like anymore.” as his tinnitus causes him to hear the ringing in his ears constantly all the time.

Yet, what is amazing, is to see that he still manages to smile as he talks about it. This is good. It shows that he won’t let it get the better of him.

Check out this clip from YouTube showing him in action in the studio and talking about his tinnitus.

2. William ShatnerFamous People with Tinnitus

Famous for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, Mr Shatner, says that his tinnitus came about whilst on the set of shooting this series. Apparently, he was standing too close to the speakers and ever since has been suffering from the ringing in his ears.

He too, is hopeful that one day a cure will be realized for tinnitus. Here is a video of him talking about Tinnitus and the American Tinnitus Association

3. Ronald ReaganFamous People with tinnitus

Apparently this former President of USA, developed tinnitus during a film shoot. A black pistol was fired too close to ears and he had been suffering from tinnitus ever since.

Just think, that you still go on to running the entire country despite the internal battle that is taking place.

Amazing, don’t you think?

4.Barbara StreisandFamous people with Tinnitus

Barbara Streisand is an American Singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business.

Did you know that she is the only person to receive all of the following?

Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as the American Film Institutes Lifetime Achievement honor and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award.

Here is the kicker to it, she started suffering from tinnitus at the age of 9years old!!!

Not bad at all. The mind is a powerful thing if you can control it.

5. Steve MartinFamous people with Tinnitus

He is one of my favourite actors. Steve Martin started suffering from tinnitus shortly after a gun fight scene whilst shooting for the film, The Three Amigos back in 1986.

This did not stop this comedian, writer  and actor from going forward to hosting the 75th Academy Awards.

In 2014, he took home the Honorary Academy Award, which was for his recognition of his extraordinary talents and the unique inspiration he has brought to the art of motion pictures.

If you want to watch, here is his Opening Monologue back at the 2003 Oscars.


There you have it. My list of some famous people with tinnitus.

I often look at this list when my tinnitus gets really out of hand. We all have stresses and sometimes it can get the better of us.

Even though, people say, ‘you should control it, as it will make your tinnitus worse,’ it is often easier said than done.

So, I try to take a step back in these times and see these people’s faces. I think to myself that if they can do it, then so can I. And so can you!!

I would like to leave you with a final treat,if I may.

A very short Youtube clip showing you other famous people such as the likes of Eric Clapton, Sylvester Stallone, Moby, Gerard Butler,  who also suffered with tinnitus in their lives. You will recognize others as well.

Let this be a reminder to you that we can beat this together, one step at a time.


Thank you for spending your time here.

Who inspires you? How do you get through the day living with your tinnitus?

Please feel free to share in the comments below.

Looking forward to hearing from you.













  1. Jovo

    Hi, this title attracted my attention for several reasons. I am the one, I mean of those who have the problem of tinnitus, not yet the one of famous (but I am working on it).

    Anyhow, it is good to be in such a company. Did not know really about people like Reagan, or Streisand. So you are the one as well, then you know it is annoying and there are many people with this issue.

    One is certain: there is no solution for it. Do not tell me to get rid of coffee, I shall rather be with tinnitus. I am an addict. But luckily you proved this about coffee to be a myth. Thanks a lot for this interesting text.

    • Roopesh

      HI Jovo

      Nice to hear from you again.

      Yes, I think it would be nice to have that fame and fortune. I wish you all the best in getting there. And when you do, do not forget me…Joking!!!

      I think the main purpose is to give people more hope and motivation when they are in their own struggle with tinnitus. So many times, I have heard that nothing can be done, and you just have to live with it.

      This is not true .I want to show the people that you can accomplish your dreams no matter what.

      By the way, keep enjoying your coffee mate!!

      Thanks for stopping by


  2. Marilyn

    Hi Roopesh… that was an interesting read regarding those special people who suffer with tinnitus.

    I cannot remember when I first began to experience it but I can remember my mum often complaining of ringing in the ears.

    I’ve had it for many years and yes, it’s constant. It never goes away, not for a single second.

    I’m hopeful of finding an answer to my problem in the near future.

    • Roopesh

      Hello Marilyn

      Glad that you found it interesting.

      I hear you completely. This is exact reason that I developed this website.

      To offer various suggestions, latest news and support and help wherever I can. I too am a Tinnitus sufferer and keep trying things out.

      Perhaps check out the rest of this site, you may find something that can assist you to deal with tinnitus.

      All of the best to you.



  3. Italian Brave Heart

    Hi Roopesh,

    Great site. I experience mild tinnitus about once a month for a few minutes and was worried that this might develop into something more serious over time. Is this just normal do you know or should i have it checked out?
    By the way, I live in Italy and drink about 10 cups of coffee a day; I don’t think somehow that this is causing it. Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    • Roopesh

      Hi there

      Unless the tinnitus or ringing becomes bothersome, whereby it interferes with your daily lifestyle or communication, then I would worry and get it checked out.

      There are couple of things that I recommend such watching your intake of salty foods and exercise regimes that I have mentioned that can help to keep your tinnitus at bay. You are welcome to try these out to prevent it from getting out of control. One other thing, I know you may have heard it before, try to minimize any major stresses in your life.

      Regarding the coffee, I did not find it to aggravate my tinnitus as well. However, I did not consume about 10cups a day. If you are happy with this, then I think its fine.

      I thank you for your kind words.

      Hope this helps.



  4. Hi Roopesh,

    Great site. I experience mild tinnitus about once a month for a few minutes and was worried that this might develop into something more serious over time. Is this just normal do you know or should i have it checked out?
    By the way, I live in Italy and drink about 10 cups of coffee a day; I don’t think somehow that this is causing it. Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    • Hi Brendan
      As long as the tinnitus does not affect your lifestyle, then I personally would not worry about it.

      I have tried the coffee story and found that my tinnitus does not spike as a result of its consumption.

      Overall, I think you are okay.

      If you notice it getting worse then give me shout and lets see what we can do then.




    • Hi Samuel
      I am so glad that you have found something on this site to help you out. I will pray for you and hope that in time things will become better for you in terms of your tinnitus.
      I love Stallone as well. He is a cool actor and I love to watch his movies.
      Do take care of yourself.

  6. Joe Fanning

    I have had for a month constsant ringing I have gone to E N T specialist who said my ears are not problem they are half shot but the wringing is in the brain I have good day’s and bad I have resigned to the fact that I will probably always have which is a bummer yet I live on. As Steve Martin says you make peace with it or go crazy

    • Absolutely Joe, making peace with it can be tough at times. I know that at times, I want to just scream and go all crazy. But then, if I do that, then I will give more power to tinnitus.

      It is best to make peace and focus all your energy on what you need to do in your life.
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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