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The letter, Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote, was in 1801, in which he asked for his hearing loss to be kept unannounced, was at the age of 31 , he had the ability to hear.
The deterioration in hearing is one of the things that musicians can get over the time, due to their continuous exposure to loud music.
There has been a lot of exaggeration about Beethoven being deaf and capable of composing music, which was seen as ingenuity, but the truth of the matter is, it was not like that at all.
Beethoven did not become famous early as a child, as some claimed. He earned everything he gained, and towards the end of his life, he expressed in many occasions, that he would give up everything, if he had his hearing back as it was, which would mean that he was unhappy.
Being famous was not one of his goals, he was an achiever, and that was why he was great, yet the media, the patriotism, the bias, and the stereotypes in the minds of the people, also played a role in having his name spread, coz it was history.
As you know, being famous or well-known could be a burden as much as an enjoyment. Many composers died and few of us heard about them, not because they are less talented that Beethoven, but only due to the timing, the circumstances, the era when that person was alive, and too many other factors.
Anyway, if you decide that you wanted to be famous and in history books, you’ve got to start very early. I think your parents better get you prepared since birth.
One part of the Beethoven story, and being famous was the rumor that said that he was deaf! And I want to tell you this: “A person can be deaf, even if he can hear”.
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