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Old 07-16-2017, 02:01 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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Old 07-16-2017, 06:41 PM   #2
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Yes Beethoven did suffer from tinnitus. I doubt that his piano practice could have caused his deafness, especially considering pianos were not as powerful as those of today and we don't have health warnings today on our pianos - it would be a great excuse for my pupils not to practice!!
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