KISS rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley opened up about having a birth defect on his right ear during an interview with Lipps Service and revealed that a lot of kids and sometimes adults were making fun of him during his childhood.
As many of you may know, Paul Stanley’s right ear was deaf due to a birth defect called microtia until having reconstructive surgery at the age of 30. However, he was unable to hear on his right side for a long time and found it difficult to determine the direction of a sound.
During a recent interview, Paul Stanley opened up about his condition and how it affected his childhood. Apparently, he was made fun of due to his condition by children and sometimes adults. Despite all the bullying, Stanley managed to stay positive and got stronger rather than beaten up.
Stanley also revealed that in his household music is a necessity and an essential part of daily life. He expressed his gratitude for his family due to the fact that they took him to the museums, listening to legendary musicians and composers like Beethoven, Schumann, and Mozart.
Here’s what Stanley stated about the challenges he faced during the earlier years of his life:
“So although I had a birth defect and certainly was scrutinized quite a bit and made fun of and what have you that kids tend to do – and sometimes adults, actually. And I’m deaf on my right side, so it made school very difficult because I couldn’t really understand what people were saying. If there’s a crowd of people, I’m at a complete loss.
As a matter of fact, a few years ago, we went out to dinner – my wife and I with a group of people – and she kind of leaned over and heard, I was humming songs. I was in my own world because I couldn’t hear it.“
“But I was also very fortunate that I grew up in a family where my mom was born in Berlin and fled when the nazis came in, and my dad was first-generation from Poland. So in Europe, music and the arts are very, very essential.
It’s part of your life, it’s not a luxury, it’s part of who you are – it’s like bread. So I grew up in a family going to museums, listening to music – the first music I heard was Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto. I heard Schumann, Mozart…”
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