Ludwig Van Beethoven: Overcoming Tinnitus

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Ivor Lewis

Ivor Lewis

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Mr Ivor Lewis, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing has been an audiologist for nearly 20 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Ivor has been with Hidden Hearing since 1995 and took control of the Cashel branch in 2011. This branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland.

As a fully qualified Fellowship member of both the British, and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally.

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BeethovenLudwig Van Beethoven was born in 1770 and became one of the most famous composers the world has ever known. However, most of his works were composed after the onset of his hearing problems, with arguably his best works being written after his hearing had almost entirely deteriorated.

Beethoven was open about the despair he felt at being unable to hear, but he continued to compose despite his struggles with depression, and experimented with ways to work with his hearing loss. He documented his struggles with tinnitus, the constant ringing in the ears that causes so many frustrations to sufferers today.

How Can a Composer Work With Hearing Loss or Tinnitus?

1.    The other senses may compensate for hearing loss. Many people who suffer a loss of one of their senses report that their other senses become sharper to compensate. Some musicians, including Beethoven, speak of using their fingers to ‘feel’ the sound of the music they play through vibrations.

2.    Sound is heard by the brain. In a non-hearing impaired person, the ear is simply the means by which sound travels to the brain, which is where sounds are heard and translated for meaning. If the ear is no longer working, the brain appears to be able to re-learn the process of listening and to compensate for the loss of hearing, creating sound directly in the brain in some cases.

3.    Using hearing aid devices.  Hearing aid technology is highly specialized and unique in its complexity. Many hearing aids and cochlear implants are able to restore a good deal of hearing ability and to filter out background noise or distractions, which can be especially off-putting for a musician with hearing loss.

4.    Seek specialist advice. Tinnitus, in particular, is a condition that causes difficulties and distress. Seek out an expert who can advise you on the condition, and do not accept that you will not find a way to relieve it, since many forms of tinnitus treatment can be trialed to reduce the symptoms of the problem and alleviate suffering.

Find Role Models With Hearing Loss

Contemporary composer Michael Berkeley, who also lives with hearing loss, has discussed the ways in which hearing loss can be overcome by those who compose music. People like him, who do not allow hearing loss to restrict their lives, are a great inspiration to anyone diagnosed with hearing loss, particularly young people who may feel that their prospects will be limited by their condition.

Take a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing

You can have a free hearing test and talk to an audiologist at Hidden Hearing, Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions. Our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics, so we’re sure to have a location near you.

If you are living with hearing loss, you can try our range of excellent digital hearing aids to find the right solution for you, so contact Hidden Hearing online today or pop into your local branch to meet our friendly team of experts.

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Ivor Lewis

About Ivor Lewis

Mr Ivor Lewis, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing has been an audiologist for nearly 20 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Ivor has been with Hidden Hearing since 1995 and took control of the Cashel branch in 2011. This branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland. As a fully qualified Fellowship member of both the British, and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally. Find Out More About Ivor

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