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The Many Faces Of Hearing Loss: Gerard Butler

Contributed by Sarah Sheehan

14/06/2021 00:00:00 • 2 min read

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Scottish heartthrob, Gerard Butler, star of 300, PS I Love You and numerous other films had surgery as a child that left his right ear physically deformed. This has led to lifelong tinnitus and hearing loss in that ear, which he says is responsible for his smile appearing crooked in photos. He only learned he had a deformed ear when he had to shave his head for his role opposite Angelina Jolie in the “Tomb Raider” sequel.

Butler, who still suffers from tinnitus and is hard of hearing in his right ear, explains, “I know a couple of other people with crooked smiles, and it turns out they’re hard of hearing in one ear.

His condition did not prevent him from starring in the film version of the musical Phantom of the Opera and belting out the titular character’s challenging rock-opera anthems.

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Written by: Sarah Sheehan, Chief Audiologist, ISHAA Member
Sarah Sheehan is an esteemed member of our HR, L&D and Compliance Department, who joined Hidden Hearing in 2018 as an audiologist. Sarah’s career has seen her work in a wide range of areas within the company and she is committed to providing education about audiology and keeping abreast of current audiology trends.