Many know Thomas Edison as an inventor that included such diverse devices as the phonograph, the motion picture camera that impacted movie-making; and his well known electric light bulb. He was credited with owning over 1093 patents.
Despite being credited with sound recording inventions, Edison acknowledged that he was deaf from the age of twelve years old. Some writings claim that his loss of hearing came from a bout of scarlet fever. He would tell others that it was caused while trying to board a train in Michigan.
Supposedly, the conductor for some reason, took hold of his ears to help pull up the steps to board the train. “I felt something snap inside my head”, Edison later said. ”My deafness started from that time and has progressed ever since.”
With all that he invented, it’s a bit surprising that he did not invent a hearing aid. He was rumored to have claimed that he actually felt that he benefited from his disability because it allowed him to have greater personal focus. He once told a group of 300 hard-of-hearing adults that, “Deaf people [like himself] should take to reading. It beats the babble of ordinary conversation.”
I guess that is truly seeing the glass half full!
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