Paul Stanley, co-founder and chief song writer of the rock band Kiss, suffers from hearing loss.
Unlike many other rock band members who suffer from noise induced hearing problems, Stanley has lived his whole life with hearing loss. He was born in 1952 with the condition microtia, which results in him having almost no outer ear on his right side.
Because of his condition Stanley still has difficulties hearing where sound is coming from, even though his left ear is normal. The condition also means that while he can hear sounds it can be difficult for him to understand speech.
Hearing loss and rock’n’roll
In spite of the fact that he did not hear well, Stanley showed an interest in music from an early age. He grew up singing with his family and listening to classical music. At the age of seven, he started playing guitar. His musical career has led to great success and Kiss has sold more than 100 million albums and is inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When dressed up in Kiss’ band outfits, Stanley’s costume covers his right ear in order to hide the physical evidence of his hearing condition.