"For two years I have avoided almost all social gatherings because it is impossible for me to say to people 'I am deaf'," he wrote. "If I belonged to any other profession it would be easier, but in my profession it is a frightful state."
Ludwig von Beethoven is one of the most immortal composers of all time. Born in December 1770, Beethoven enjoyed early success as a composer and musician. Tragically, he suffered from progressive hearing loss that reportedly started in his mid- to late 20s.