10 Politicians That Lost Their Hearing While In Public Office

Hearing is one of the most important functions of the five senses. Hearing loss or being deaf can be determined at birth or acquired in the latter part of one’s life. Losing the sense of hearing should not be a hindrance for anyone who wants to succeed in life. It must not also deter the dreams of anyone who wants to join politics or someone who wants to serve the government.
Here is a list of the ten politicians who had/or were hard of hearing but governed with efficiency, honesty and excellence in public office.
Gary Malkowski
He is the first deaf politician and representative to the Canadian Congress that ran under the Ontario New Democratic Party (1990- 1995). He is the first politician to initiate and push programs and legislative acts for sign language proficiency with the main focus on American Sign Language Education with the full support of The White House. He first won and served in 1980 for a provincial election. He no longer serves the government but continues to work for the welfare of people with hearing disabilities. Today he works as the acknowledged leader and adviser of the Canadian Hearing Society.
Mojo Mathers
She is a famous politician in New Zealand and a prominent member of the New Zealand House of Representatives. She also serves as the trusted political advisor of the Green Party and has consistently won and served the public for three consecutive general elections. She is the first deaf member of the New Zealand Parliament and has pushed reforms about environmentalism projects.
Emma Nicholson
She holds the distinction of being the Baroness of Nicholson Winterbourne. The famous British politician acquired her being deaf at the young age of 16. Born in 1941, she continues to serve the Liberal Democrat Member of the Parliament for the Torridge and West Devon section. Lady Nicholson also headed the Committee on Foreign Affairs and heads the Delegation for Relations with Iraq.
Jack Ashley, Baron Ashley of Stoke
The deaf British politician served the House of Commons and the Labour Member of Parliament from 1966 up to his death in 1992. He campaigned hard for the rights of the disabled people especially the deaf or hearing impaired individuals. His exemplary works for the disabled was awarded by recognition (Doctor of Humane Letters) from the Gallaudet University for all his efforts to upgrade the lives of the deaf people.
Helga Stevens
Born in August 1968 in Belgium and served the Belgian Parliament since running for public office in 2004. She has been re-elected and continued her noble legislative work for the Belgian Senate. She continued her senate work and responsibilities until 2010 under the political party of the Nieuw – Vlaamse Alliantie.
Raphael Bouton
This French politician was born deaf and was the first president of the Disability Committee in France. He promoted the welfare and campaign for the hard hearing deaf socialists and also served as vice president for the French Association for the deaf in Alsace. He supported projects meant for the French Sign Language Education and still holds a seat in the Parliament House after winning the election in 2012.
Helene Jammer (no picture available! Email us if you have a great picture!) 
Born in 1971, she serves as one of the founding members of the National Council of Austria. She became an elected member of the European Parliament and won the lections in 2009. At a time when teaching sign language for the deaf was not allowed by the government, she initiated all the efforts to have a sign language teaching program for the hearing impaired high school students.
Adam Kosa
The deaf politician from Budapest, Hungary got elected as member of the European Parliament since winning a seat in 2009. He ran under the European Political Party of Fidesz. He is also the first known user of the Deaf Sign Language department of the European Parliament.
Kathleen Ollerenshaw
The deaf mathematician and politician is the acclaimed Lord Mayor of Manchester and once served for British ruler Margaret Thatcher from 1975 up to the 1980’s. She has published 26 mathematical instructional pamphlets and also shared her skills and talent in the field of astronomy and served as vice president for the Manchester Astronomical Society.
Gergely Tapolczai
The doctor and politician served as a member of the Hungarian National Assembly and served the committees on Sports, Tourism, Housing, Youth and Family Affairs. He headed the Committee on people with disabilities and continues his exemplary work for the subcommittee since getting elected in 2010.

Author Bio: Hazel Ramos writes topics about the hearing impaired from hearing aids and lives of famous deaf personalities. She loves to travel, cook, and blog about any topics under the sun. She lives alone with her beagle named Karab.

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