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Did you know that 20% of adults in the United States (around 48 million) suffer from some type of hearing loss? September is National Deaf Awareness Month and as we wrap up the month we take a look at some celebrities who are deaf or hearing impaired.

Halle Berry

Long before she became one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, Halle Berry suffered from severe hearing loss. The “Their Eyes Were Watching God” star grew up watching her mother be physically abused at the hands of her father and when she got older, Berry found herself repeating the cycle and was in a relationship with an abusive boyfriend that beat her so bad she lost 80% of her hearing in one ear. While some initially thought singer Christopher Williams was the culprit, others have pegged the abusive boyfriend to be fellow actor Wesley Snipes, but Berry has never publicly confirmed this. After becoming famous, Berry has been very outspoken against domestic violence.

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