"My favorite exhibit piece is an original ear trumpet used by Beethoven," admits Malte Boecker, Director of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. "It was made for Beethoven in 1813 by the inventor Johann Nepomuk Mälzel, and it normally does not leave the Beethoven-Haus premises. Traveling the world as part of 'BTHVN on Tour', it offers visitors a uniquely individual sense of the impact Beethoven's hearing loss had on his life and work - and how rudimentary hearing aids were at the time."
As part of the exhibition, people will have a chance to compare their own hearing ability with Beethoven's impaired audio capacity and to personally experience how much - or to be honest, how little - primitive ear trumpets were actually able to compensate for his hearing loss.
Other exhibit items from the Beethoven-Haus Bonn museum include an original print from Andy Warhol's 1987 Beethoven Series and an exact replica of the composer's personal violin, as well as probably the most famous bronze bust of Beethoven ever produced.