Hearing Beethoven – Revisited

A few months ago Hearing International had a two-part series on the great composer, Beethoven. Beethoven was also famous for composing masterpieces despite having a significant progressive hearing impairment that progressed as he aged. It is reported that there were complications of the impairment, such as tinnitus and other issues that even made this task more difficult.…

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Hearing Beethoven – Part II – The Medical Conclusion

As we can tell from the writings of McCabe (1958), Huxtable (2011) and others, Beethoven had significant tinnitus, reduced word recognition and, by his own writings reduced sensitivity to high frequency sounds. Those that have studied Beethoven’s letters, buzzing noises and other sounds started at around 1796 at age 26. The deafness began in 1798…

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