Beethoven goes deaf
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Beethoven: 20 facts about the great composer
8. Beethoven goes deaf
Composing anything at all is a challenge, even for a musical genius. So when you consider Beethoven started to go deaf around 1796, aged just 25, it’s a wonder he managed to write any music at all. He communicated using conversation books, asking his friends to write down what they wanted to say so he could respond.