Everyone knows Beethoven’s Fur Elise. But did you know that Beethoven composed most of his music when he was deaf?
Ludwig Van Beethoven was a music prodigy ever since he started out as a young boy. An attack of typhus affected his hearing, first only slightly, but finally causing him to go completely deaf.
To listen to his compositions, he attached a soundboard to the piano so that he could pick up the vibrations from his playing. This lack of hearing sometimes got Beethoven really frustrated. He often stopped performing if he observed that audiences were talking amongst themselves!