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Old 07-16-2017, 03:01 PM   #1
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Ludwig's Deafness

The onset of Beethoven's deafness may remain a mystery, but has variously been attributed to typhus, auto-immune disorders (such as systemic lupus erythematosus), and even his habit of immersing his head in cold water to stay awake!
I didn't know he dunked his head in cold water!
But I was thinking another cause which hasn't been mentioned and may have contributed is the loudness of the piano , day in day out of his working on pieces and practicing, could have had some effect. I wonder if he suffered from tinnitus?
I have read that, Czech composer Smetana suffered from tinnitus in the latter part of his career.

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