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Morning Start: Beethoven could still hear after going deaf

Your morning start for Tuesday, June 1, 2021

  • Jun. 1, 2021 12:00 a.m.

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Fun fact: Beethoven could still hear after going deaf

The late, great German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven suffered from deafness for much of his career and was almost completely deaf by the time he was 44.

But the gradual loss of his hearing didn’t get in the way of the creative genius. A 1933 article published in Time Magazine revealed that the composer was able to navigate his deafness when playing the piano by clenching a stick in his teeth and holding it against the piano keys. This method, the article states, allowed for Beethoven to hear faint sounds.

This process, as noted by Otican Medical, is called bone conduction. How it works is that the sound processor “converts sounds into vibrations, which are then sent through your skull bone and directly on to your inner ear.”

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