"I must confess that I lead a miserable life. For almost two years, I have ceased to attend any social functions, just because I find it impossible to say to people, 'I am deaf.' If I had any other profession, I might be able to cope with my infirmity; but in my profession, it is a terrible handicap."
— Ludwig van Beethoven
German composer, conducts his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, December 22, 1808