Celebrities With Tinnitus: Shatner, Letterman, Streisand, & Reagan

Did you know that Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin is afflicted with tinnitus? We didn’t either but he revealed recently that he was diagnosed with the condition nearly ten years ago and that it was caused by his propensity to listen to music oh-so-loudly when he was a teenager.

For those of you not familiar with it, tinnitus is a condition where one hears phantom noise — such as buzzing, humming, hissing, ringing, roaring — that are not actually there. It is more common than you think (one in five reportedly has it) and, aside from constant exposure to loud noise, it can be cause by other factors such as earwax blockage, medication, age-related hearing loss, stress and depression, high blood pressure, and many more.

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Teen Celebrity Drug & Alcohol Abuse: Drew Barrymore’s Not Alone

Like Drew Barrymore, U.S. teen substance abusers begin using drugs and alcohol at age 14. She looks like the epitome of the fresh-faced, innocent all-American girl-next-door, but Drew Barrymore is really more of a poster child for teenage drug addiction.

After making her film debut at five years old, she starred in her breakout role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, then quickly went on to become one of Hollywood’s most recognized child actors.

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