Deafness on Screen: Famous Film Characters with Hearing Loss

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Noel Cullen

Noel Cullen

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Noel Cullen has been the Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist in Abbey Street for 21 years. During this time Noel has cared for and successfully helped thousands of people with mild, moderate and profound hearing problems. Noel also has experience helping those with tinnitus, vertigo and others with medical related hearing loss.As a fully qualified fellowship member of both the British and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally.

His knowledge in communication disorders has helped a wide range of patients, including both adults and children with hearing loss. He provides screenings, hearing tests, aural rehabilitation and has an extensive knowledge of both conventional and digital hearing instruments.

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If you or your child lives with hearing loss, you may feel frustrated by the lack of public awareness and the poor portrayals of hearing loss in the media. However, there are many characters in film and television that are living with hearing loss and deafness, and although we would like to see more of these characters in major roles, we are pleased to see positive attitudes to hearing loss on screen.

Deaf Characters on Television and in Films

We’ve noticed that characters who are shown to be deaf or living with hearing loss are often extras or minor characters, but it seems that awareness of hearing loss within the film and television industries is spreading and we expect to see main characters and major storylines dealing with these issues becoming more common in the future. Look out for:

1.    Sarah Norman. Children of a Lesser God made history when Marlee Matlin became the first deaf actress to win an Academy Award for her portrayal of a deaf woman in this romantic film. She plays a character who works at a school for the deaf and develops a relationship with a hearing man who comes to teach at the school.

2.    Children on Mr. Tumble. Aimed at young children, this show features many children with hearing loss and positively demonstrates the use of Makaton sign language as a means of communicating for children who are deaf.

3.    Joey Lucas. Another great character played by Marlee Matlin, Joey features in all seven seasons of The West Wing and is usually accompanied by an interpreter.

4.    Daphne Vasquez. Switched at Birth, an American TV show on ABC Family, features teenagers switched at birth who struggle to define their identities within their families when the truth emerges. Daphne Vasquez has lost her hearing as a result of bacterial meningitis, and her journey is one of the most effective portrayals of life with hearing loss that we’ve seen on screen.

5.    Oin. Oin, one of the dwarves in The Hobbit, is the healer of the traveling company and a pretty awesome warrior. His ear trumpet may provide comedic value, but he demonstrates a healthy zest for an extraordinary life despite his hearing loss and makes us feel pretty thankful for the amazing progression in hearing aid technology, too!

Try New Digital Hearing Aids at Hidden Hearing

Hearing loss can often be resolved easily with digital hearing aids, but the sooner you seek help, the more effective the results are likely to be. You can have a free hearing test and discuss any hearing problems that you may be experiencing at Hidden Hearing, Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions.

If you think you or someone you know may be experiencing hearing loss, it’s very important to arrange a hearing test with a professional audiologist as soon as possible. Our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics, so contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.

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Noel Cullen

About Noel Cullen

Noel Cullen has been the Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist in Abbey Street for 21 years. During this time Noel has cared for and successfully helped thousands of people with mild, moderate and profound hearing problems. Noel also has experience helping those with tinnitus, vertigo and others with medical related hearing loss. As a fully qualified fellowship member of both the British and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally. His knowledge in communication disorders has helped a wide range of patients, including both adults and children with hearing loss. He provides screenings, hearing tests, aural rehabilitation and has an extensive knowledge of both conventional and digital hearing instruments. Find Out More About Noel

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